Sure, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate Hallmark Holiday, when restaurants are crowded and overpriced and people buy gifts …
Why buy gift cards at face value when the holiday season is filled with deals giving 20% bonuses on card purchases?
Among the current top offers from national restaurant chains are buy one, get one free breakfasts and dinners, kids eat free promos, and a straightup free steak dinner—no strings attached, no purchase required—from Outback Steakhouse.
Midway through the NCAA Basketball Tournament, your hopes of winning the office pool may be busted, but there’s still reason to celebrate: Accompanying the tourney are restaurant promotions including half-price appetizers and $5 pitchers of beer.
In a tough economy, the casket-making business is getting buried, and the restaurant business is trying to get more appetizing.
Down toward the bottom of today’s Times story about deals at restaurants like Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday, T.G.I. Friday’s, and Chili’s is a little nugget that every cheapskate should be aware of—namely, that some restaurant franchises hide the special offers from diners so that they’ll unknowingly pay full price.