Let Restaurant.com Get Dinner Tonight!

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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?

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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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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

Little Miss Cupcake

1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

Gilt Taste

2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

Gilt City

3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

Gifting Grace

4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • Hotels.com: A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any Hotels.com booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

Groupon Getaway

Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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