Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cheap-ass restaurant gift certificates!

Alriiight, time for one of my favorite sales! There was one of these at the beginning of the month, where the gift certificates were $1, but their Halloween sale isn’t too shabby either! $25 restaurant gift certificates for $2. What’s the catch? Most of these $25 GCs require a minimum purchase of $35. That’s before tax+gratuity, but still ends up being a fantastic deal. My wife and I went to a local diner-type restaurant with one of these and got:

2 Hamburgers w/sides
1 Coke
1 Milkshake
2 slices of Cheesecake

Ended up just above $35. More like $45 with tax and tip. And we ended up spending $20 out of pocket (plus the $1 for the certificate). So basically you’re getting a meal at about half price. Also worth nothing, alcohol does not count toward the minimum purchase requirement.

I would also recommend checking for reviews on particular restaurants since you’re sure to run into many you’ve never heard of. Some will be awesome hole-in-the-wall restaurants while others will be, well, just holes. These certificates do not expire, but most limit you to using one per restaurant, per month. It’s a great way to stock up on certificates for restaurants you already know and love, and to try out new restaurants or types of food without spending too much.

  • Go to and add the certificates you want to your cart, and also make sure to read the specific terms/requirements for each restaurant you choose.
  • Enter the promotional code TREAT when in your cart/checkout.
  • It should apply 80% off which, for the standard “$25 for $10” certificates will instead become “$25 for $2”
  • Enjoy your delicious, cheap dining-out experiences!


  1. Very useful! I'm always floored whenever restaurant checks come and I have to account for gratuity + tax etc., always a nasty surprise :(

    Going to bookmark this for later! Thank you so much!

  2. Yessss, I really need to cut corners XD

  3. I've used coupons a lot in the past, but now so many restaurants force 18% gratuity and have minimums.