Let Restaurant.com Get Dinner Tonight!

Hey Friend,

Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Wouldn’t You Rather-Be-Shopping?

Hope to see you there!

Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to Let Restaurant.com Get Dinner Tonight‘s new and improved look.

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Busy life got your dinner plans in a tizzy? That old brown-bag lunch a little dull? Eating out a little too rich for your budget? What if you only had to spend $10 for a $25 meal? Bet you answered YES to at least one of these questions! That just shows how much you need to have dinner on Restaurant.com!

What is Restaurant.com? It is a dining-out experience whose motto is “Bringing Great People and Great Restaurants Together.” Restaurant.com fancies itself as the “great community matchmaker” whose sole purpose is to match you with an exceptional food deal at a restaurant in your neighborhood. With over 18,000 restaurants to choose from, Restaurant.com truly is a “matchmaker,” and they do it all while saving you money.

So what’s the deal with Restaurant.com? For only $10, you can get a $25 restaurant meal certificate. Sometimes there are even better deals! You’ll want to sign up for a Restaurant.com account to get the latest special deals. Bottom line: if it is a Restaurant.com restaurant, it will be bargain. Now that’s something you can sink your teeth into! What foodie’s not going to love this concept?

How do you get a Restaurant.com deal? It really is quite easy. First, sign up for a Free Restaurant.com Account. This will provide you with the inside scoop and special deals delivered right to your e-mail.

Next: Find your restaurant! All you need is a zip code or a city name, and you are ready to Find Restaurants in Your Area.

Once you have the list of choices, you can pick the offer that best fits your eating pleasure. Many of the restaurants will have more than one offer to choose from, and to help you make your decision, specific details about the restaurant and sometimes even menus, are available for you to review before purchase.

Then, select your deal, add to cart, and check out. Boom. Done. Savings achieved.

Want even bigger savings? Ask and we shall deliver! Buy your Restaurant.com deal through Mr. Rebates and right now earn an additional 25% cash back. Gotta love that! Learn more about Mr. Rebates at Save More With Mr. Rebates!

Special Delivery! Want your food delivered? Restaurant.com has partnerships with several online food companies who will do just that. Really! You can get food delivered right to your door with a Restaurant.com Online Partners purchase. Selection is limited, though.

Need a gift? Why not give the gift of dinner with a Restaurant.com Gift Card. Nearly everybody likes an occasional meal out on the town, and these prices are so good, you can give two dinners instead of one. Your foodie pal is sure to find a restaurant to please her palate. Best of all, these gift cards are free and don’t expire. What’s not to like about this gift!

How much will you spend on a Restaurant.com gift card? Not face value! Here’s a sampling of what you’ll pay: $15 for a $25 gift card; $40 for $100; $100 for $500. The larger the dollar amount you buy, the more money you save. How bargain-sweet is that!

Restaurant.com offers several gift options to treat that special foodie to dinner.

  • Gift Cards: Send an incredible edible gift straight to their door. Just remember: these cards are sent by mail so factor in delivery time.
  • eGift Cards: Need a last minute gift? eGift card to the rescue. eGift cards are sent by e-mail, or printable immediately upon purchase. Send an eGift this afternoon and your food-fan can use it for dinner tonight.
  • Dinner of the Month Club: Gift your favorite foodie pal a monthly $25 eGift card and get a little something for yourself in return. For every Dinner of the Month Club order, you get a free bonus eGift card. So go on, splurge! Your best value: Buy a 12 month club membership for only $120, and you get a $50 bonus eGift card to treat yourself to dinner.

Received a Restaurant.com gift card? Want to know how to use it? Follow these simple steps to Redeem Your Gift. All you need is your gift certificate ten digit number, a zip code for where you would like to dine, and you are ready to find your dining pleasure.

Want access on the go? On the run with the kids’ after school activities? Oops! No dinner plan! Mobile app to the rescue! Download the Restaurant.com Mobile App and don’t miss dinner again. Currently only an iPhone app is available, but an Android version will be out soon. Features include:

  • Purchase Restaurant Deals On The Go. Let the app solve your dinner-time dilemma using location-based technology.
  • Paperless Redemption. Simply present your Restaurant.com transaction via your phone and always have the deal on hand.
  • A Traveler’s Companion. On vacation? Need food? Mobile app to the rescue! Let R.com find restaurant deals near you.
  • Don’t be late! You won’t get lost with the built in mapping directions features.

Pre-Purchase Advice: Please make sure you read any restrictions regarding a Restaurant.com deal before you buy. Some may have a minimum purchase amount, may have required gratuities, exclude alcohol, and some may have no restrictions whatsoever. Just be sure you know what you are buying so you don’t have any rude surprises at your restaurant.

So what’s for dinner at your house tonight? Have you bought a Restaurant.com deal before? Have you gifted Restaurant.com? Let us know in the Comments section below. We’d love to share your experiences with everyone else.

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Seven Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Ok, so you procrastinated until the last minute for that special Valentine’s Day gift. No worries! You aren’t alone. It seems that many of us do the same.

What to do about it now? You’ve got work, school, kids’s activities, and a plethora of other things to do today. When are you going to find the time to pick up something? Have no fear, we’re here to rescue your gift giving dilemna.

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How? Check out these very last minute ideas to make it a sweet day:

1. Express your love with Rattlebox.com: Don’t just say your love: express it in your own unique style with a whimsical or goofy video e-card from Rattlebox. Rattlebox provides 1000’s of free, unique and fun video card choices, or be creative and produce your own!

2. Feed your love with Restaurant.com: No reservations for the big night? That’s ok. Gift your loved one with a Restaurant.com gift card and let them pick the day to celebrate your love. Use coupon code “SWEETIE” and spend only $2 for a $25 gift card. That is a fantastic deal! Hurry: this coupon code expires on Valentine’s Day. But wait: buy through Mr. Rebates and receive a giant 30% cash back. Now that’s a sweet deal of a meal!

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3. Wrap up your love with Giftly.com: Need a gift for a far-away sweetheart? Send them a Giftly gift card. Does your sweetheart have a cell phone? Have Giftly “deliver” your gift right to their phone with a special text message and a link to your Giftly gift. Surprise your sweetie when you can’t be there yourself.

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4. Send your love in a Hallmark e-Card: Don’t have time to get to your local Hallmark store? Show how much you care with a Hallmark Valentine’s Day e-card. A great last minute option to “heart” your loved one.

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5. Be Hip with love notes from Hipster e-Card: Let Hipster help you say your special Valentine’s Day message. Their “out of the box” card styles may be just the ticket to showcase your quirkiness!

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6. Be Stellar with Groupon’s Star Naming Gift Set: Give an “out of this world” gift with the Name-A-Star offer and let them know they are your special twinkling star. A real rocket ship even launches the name and dedication message into Earth’s orbit to mark the celestial occasion. Buy your Groupon gift through Mr. Rebates and receive 8% cash back. How cool is that!

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7. Sweeten your love with chocolate: Your special sweet tooth gotta have chocolate? Then give a chocolate of the month club membership and they will be sweet on you each time a new box arrives. Here’s two chocolate-yummy choices to consider:

Lake Champlain Chocoloates

Bonus idea! Are you an Amazon Prime member? Don’t forget that you can still pick out a gift today and have it delivered by tomorrow. You will need to choose “Next Day” shipment at a small shipping fee, but hey, your loved one’s worth it! Check out these ideas at Amazon Valentine’s Day Gifts.

Show your sweetie how sweet it is this Valentine’s Day!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Gift Cards For Last Minute Gifts

In a pinch to get a last minute gift? Consider a gift card! Several online websites let you custom design your gift card and deliver it via e-mail. If online shopping isn’t your preference, then consider a local brick and mortar retailer.

Online Gift Card Giving Options: Don’t want to fight the crowds at your local mall? Let an online gift card website be your gift giving answer. Check out these four easy to use online gift card resources:

Giftly.com Giftly is great for last minute gift-giving. Why? Because Giftly can turn nearly any local business into a mobile gift card. Want to send your friend in Atlanta a gift card for that trendy clothing store she loves? Using Yelp’s database, Giftly lets you pick your store, create your own personalized gift card, then send it either by e-mail or Facebook to the recipient. Within a few moment’s time, you can design, purchase and  have that gift card delivered. It’s just that easy. Want to learn more about Giftly? Either click on the above link and go directly to Giftly, or read this helpful article at The Wonder of Tech: Giftly – The Next Generation of Gift Cards

Giftly.com

GiftCards.com GiftCards.com offers several options for gift card giving. You can create your own or choose a predesigned card. Need a gift card today? Then choose the Virtual Card option and have an eGift Card delivered the same day. Have a MrRebates account? Purchase your gift card through Mr. Rebates and get an added bonus of a 1% rebate.

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Groupon.com: Perhaps a Groupon gift certificate is the answer. You can purchase a specific deal at a great price and have it delivered to the recipient via email or smartphone. Or, you can purchase a Groupon Gift Card that allows the recipient to pick his own Groupon special. Either way, Groupon is a great option to simplify your gift giving. Want to learn more about Groupon and how it works? Check out my earlier blog: Are You A Groupon Groupie?

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Amazon.com: Amazon offers one of the widest selections of inventory available in one location. So why not an Amazon gift card that is redeemable storewide and never expires? It can be printed at home, or delivered directly to the recipient via e-mail, Facebook or free 1-Day Shipping.  Create your own personalized eGift card with the new “upload your photo” option. Another option: give an eGift with a suggested gift item! Choose an item you think your recipient might like and have a photo of that item put on the gift card. The recipient gets a customized gift card, but is not restricted to purchasing that item.

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Brick and Mortar Gift Card Giving Options: Don’t want to shop online? Many of your local retailers also stock a wide variety of gift cards. Here are four favorites that might be in your neighborhood:

Walgreens: Have a Walgreens nearby? Then check out their gift card inventory. From restaurants to clothing stores, music to electronics stores, Walgreens’ wide selection of gift cards make gift giving easy. And best of all: no crowds!

Walgreens

Walmart: Walmart brick and mortar stores stock gift cards from iTunes to Visa and Amex cards, restaurants, gaming gift cards and movie theatre gift cards too. Don’t have a Walmart nearby? Don’t want to deal with a crowded Walmart store? The online-only Walmart eGift card may be your solution. With a few clicks of your computer or iPad, your customized eGift card is on its way, arriving in the recipient’s e-mail within minutes of placing your order. Just remember though: eGift cards are only usable for online Walmart purchases, not in the store.

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Kmart-Sears-Lands’End: You will be sure to make someone happy with a gift card that is useable at all three brands! Use the handy online order feature and create your own custom design. Then pick your method of delivery: mail, email or self-print. Mailing the gift card can take 3-7 days with free standard shipping and as much as $8.99 for next day delivery. If time is too short or you don’t want to pay expedited shipping, then choose either the self-print option or have an eGift card e-mailed to the recipient.

Kmart Sears Lands' End

Your Local Grocery Store: Most major grocery stores carry a sizable number of gift cards, making it easy to pick one up while you are getting groceries. Or give the gift of groceries with a gift card to the recipient’s local grocery store.

Are you in need of a last minute gift for this Holiday? What’s your favorite last minute gift idea? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Are You A Groupon Groupie?

Are you looking for a great deal to a new restaurant? Would you love a day at a spa, but you don’t want to pay “spa-pricing? What about Aunt Flo in Florida? Need to send her “something special” for the Holidays?

You might just find what you are looking for at Groupon.

What is Groupon? Groupon is a “deal of the day” website that provides its members the opportunity to purchase discounted gift certificates to a wide variety of  local, national and worldwide businesses. Through Groupon, you can find daily deals on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in as many as 45 different countries. Bet you can find that “something special” on Groupon, and at a great price! What’s not to love about that?

How does Groupon save you money? Because with Groupon, you can purchase items you want at a discounted price! Today’s deal might be a gift certificate worth $20 at a local ice cream store that you buy for $10. Tomorrow the deal might be half off a Swedish massage at a local spa. Next week, you might pay $25 for a gift certificate worth $50 at that new restaurant downtown. Groupon brings you the deal, saving you money, and time too.

Why would you consider joining Groupon? Because you can’t lose! There is no fee to join Groupon’s deal of the day e-mailer. Let Groupon help you decide where to go next weekend. Simply follow their daily posts for your local area, and open your eyes to a wide variety of savings available only to Groupon members. Be sure to also check out each category of available deals:

  • Featured Deal: Lists today’s Daily Deal specific for your local area.
  • All Deals: From Local to Getaway to Grouponicus to Goods deals, all in a one-page easy to find format.
  • Getaway Travel Specials: Find great priced travel options ranging from a weekend in the city to a 10-day safari in Africa.
  • Goods: Lists Groupon’s latest online deals for specialty items in electronics, home goods, and more, all at a sweet price.

What kinds of gift certificates and special deals can you purchase through Groupon? Groupon’s deals and offers are current, not last year’s left-overs. Here is a sample of Groupon offers right now:

  • For $18, get four fitness classes (up to a $60 value) at a local fitness club.
  • For $49, get $100 worth of fresh lobster, seafood, steaks, and more at GetMaineLobster.com.
  • For $179, get one night at the Bentley Hotel in New York City: $106 off the standard rate of $285.
  • For $385, a three-night stay for two at a beach front resort in Costa Rica, with $250 dining credit. Street value: $787
  • For $19, get a $50 iLuv webcam.

How else can you use Groupon? There are so many ways you can use Groupon. Here are several exampls of how you can further expand your Groupon experience:

  • Planning a trip to Anchorage? Then check out the Anchorage daily deals. You might find a great deal on an activity you plan to do on your trip.
  • Need to buy a friend a gift, but just don’t know what to get her? Send her a Groupon gift card and let her pick her own special gift!
  • Remember Aunt Flo in Florida? Surprise her with a Groupon gift certificate to a restaurant in her hometown.
  • Looking for vacation ideas? Be sure to follow Groupon’s travel deals.

Groupon helps make gift-giving easy. By using Groupon’s broad range of locations and offerings, you can find gifts for nearly everyone on your list. And gift-giving with Groupon can save you the hassles and expenses of gift-wrapping and shipping.

What is “Grouponicus?” Grouponicus is Groupon’s annual wintertime celebration, bringing you even more special deals perfect for holiday gift giving. Let Grouponicus help you score great holiday gifts at great prices. Or perhaps something special for yourself! Sign up for Groupinicus e-mails to receive Groupincus deals several times a week. But don’t delay: Grouponicus is only around until the end of the year.

Link to Grouponicus

Do you follow Twitter? Then consider following Grouponicus at @groupothebird to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest Grouponicus deals. Right now, GroupoTheBird is giving away $100 Groupon bucks every day as he tweets about his favorite holiday lore and Gouponicus deals.

Refer-A-Friend Program: Want a quick way to earn $10 in Groupon Bucks? Invite your friends and family to join Groupon, and when they make their first Groupon purchase, you get $10 in Groupon Bucks deposited into your account. There is no limit so you can invite as many friends and family you want. Want an invite? Let me know in the comments section below and I will send you a Groupon invite. Help me earn $10, then begin inviting your friends and family to earn your $10 Groupon Bucks.

Have an iPhone or Android phone? Then consider the Groupon App. You can purchase, manage and redeem your Groupon deals right from your mobile device. The app is a great way to keep on top of your Groupon offerings anywhere, anytime. Link to Groupon Mobile App

What if you don’t use the gift certificate before it expires? No problem. Many retailers might still honor it at full value if you ask. But even if they don’t honor the full value, they should honor the amount you paid for it.

So what’s your favorite Groupon deal? And if you are not yet a Groupon “groupie”, don’t forget to ask me for an invitation to Groupon so you can begin saving more too!

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