Free Date Night!

The following Best Savings Tip comes from reader, Rachel:

My husband and I like to go out to dinner for date night. That way, no one has to cook or clean up and we can just enjoy each others company. However, since becoming a one income family, we've really cut back and eating out was one of the things that we stopped doing.

Then, we got a great idea – gift cards!!! For our birthdays and for Christmas, if anyone asks us what we want, we tell them gift cards to our favorite restaurants. We then combine our gift cards with coupons, stretching the gift cards even farther. We really don't need any more “things,” so gift cards are perfect. Essentially the gift from the person is a free date night for us!

For example, last Christmas, we got a $50 gift card to TGI Fridays. They always have coupons for $5 off a $15 purchase. We always share an appetizer and an entree. I drink water and my husband gets a Coke.

Using our gift cards and coupons, we ate there 3 times with only paying the tip out of pocket!  Plus, TGI Fridays has a free reward program where you earn “stripes” for the $$ spent, then can redeem the stripes for coupons. Bonus!

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Great idea! Be sure to sign up for all those Birthday Clubs and Rewards Programs so you have lots of options on the date nights too!

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 10, 2011

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