Practical ways to live better on less.
I recommend cooking at home the majority of the time as it is not only healthier for you, but also healthier for your wallet! Understandably, gatherings with family and friends and specials occasions make it impossible to completely cut out dining out. However, dining out doesn’t have to break the bank, nor do you have to pay full price.
I tend to avoid big restaurant chains in favor of local restaurants, which often offer Groupon deals & other special discounts. However, my list will focus on chains that are accessible to the majority of the population. Most restaurants offer special coupons and promotions if you sign up for their email club. Take a look at some of the best freebies given out by popular US restaurant chains! Just click on the link to be taken directly to the email club sign up!
Applebees – Receive a free appetizer with any entree purchase upon signing up to receive emails. The Fiesta Chicken Chopped salad (minus the chicken for me!) is fantastic! One of my go-to restaurants during road trips!
Buffets, Inc (Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet) – Receive a buy one get one free adult dinner buffet coupon after signing up to receive emails.
Hard Rock Cafe – Complete the survey at the bottom of your receipt and receive $5 off your next visit. One of my favorite restaurants to visit when traveling. I try to collect a new glass each time I visit a new location.
Jamba Juice – Jamba frequently sends out $2 smoothie coupons to email subscribers. The smoothie chain has a great selection of fresh smoothies and juiced drinks.
Chilis – You will receive a free chips and queso dip coupon after you sign up.
Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes – You will receive coupons for buy one get one free meals and discounted lunch and dinner buffet coupons about once every week or 2. One of my favorite chain restaurants: the salad bar is huge! Great restaurant for vegetarians and vegans: plenty of fresh produce, at least one vegan soup option, and plenty of great sides.
Pizza Hut – Sign up for their email list and receive free cheesesticks with your order.
Ihop – Receive a free meal (up to $7) after you sign up.
Johnny Rockets – Free hamburger just for signing up. Johnny Rockets is an entertaining 50s style diner.
Ruby Tuesday – Ruby Tuesday frequently sends out a Buy one Get one 50% off coupon after signing up. I love the fresh salad bar and veggie sides. Another great restaurant to stop at while traveling on the road.
PF Chang’s China Bistro – You will receive free lettuce wraps when you sign up for the Warrior Rewards card.
Dave and Busters – Various coupons for buy one get one entrees and also a free $10 game credit are available after signing up for the email club. Fun weekend activity for kids and adults: fun games, great food, and a lively sports bar.
Cold Stone Creamery – Receive a buy one get one free ice cream treat after signing up to receive emails.
Denny’s – Free grand slam when you sign up for their email club. You can also receive a free meal on your birthday.
Mrs. Fields – Free cookie when you sign up to receive emails.
The Melting Pot – Receive a free chocolate fondue after signing up for emails. The dark chocolate fondue served with fresh fruit and mini desserts is fantastic.
TGI Fridays – Enjoy a free appetizer coupon upon signing up to receive emails.
Texas Roadhouse – Enjoy a free appetizer after signing up to receive emails. Not a whole lot to eat for vegetarians, although they do have a great veggie plate (choose 4 vegetable sides).
Maggiano’s Little Italy – Receive a coupon for $10 off your next $30+ meal after signing up for emails. Maggiano’s is one of my favorite chain Italian restaurants.
Jason’s Deli – Sign up for the email club and receive $5 off on your birthday. Great selection of soups and a fantastic salad bar make Jason’s Deli a must for vegetarians and anyone looking for a healthy meal out.
Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill – Free mini dessert after signing up to receive emails.
Buffalo Wild Wings – Sign up for their email list to receive ongoing coupons. I received a coupon for a free dessert after sign up.
Uno Chicago Grill – Various coupons are sent out to email subscribers (usually $5 off). Happy time features half priced appetizers.
What is your go-to restaurant chain? Which chain by you offers the best deals?