Last night, Mark wanted to help me relax and decided to treat me to a dinner out without kids. We looked through our Entertainment Book for specials on places we haven’t been before. Nothing was really appealing to us. Then I remembered that I had a coupon code in my email from Coupon Mom for 60% off of a Restaurants.com gift certificate.
After surfing through the available gift certificates, most of which we decided against because they were too far away, we found The One. We decided to go to the Cigar Pub, less than 5 miles from home, and have a couple of drinks and dinner. With our coupon code, we spent $4 on a $25 gift certificate. BONUS! We got our entrees for free with the gift certificate. Essentially we only ended up spending money on our drinks (beer on draft!) and I even bought Mark’s Father’s Day gift for less than I expected.
While not an entirely frugal night, we did spend considerably less than if we hadn’t done our legwork first. Lesson Learned! Always do your research before just heading out for the evening. You can definitely save money on normal every day things in return for 5 minutes of your time.