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Thursday, April 14, 2011

LAST DAY – 80% off, get $25 for only $2 (plus 15% cash back)

TODAY (APRIL 14) is the last day to save 80% off at when you use promo code STEAK at checkout. This makes a $25 gift certificate only $2, which is a great bargain!

Plus, if you go thru Ebates, you get 15% cash back! This means you can get a $25 gift certificate for only $1.70 after your cash back from Ebates! You’ll pay $2 out of pocket and get $0.30 cents cash back credited to your Ebates account.

You don’t have to go thru Ebates, if you don’t, you’ll pay $2 – which is still an awesome deal.

Here’s how it works:

1.Visit and enter the zip code for where you want to dine.

2.Browse the restaurants in your area

3.You pick the restaurants you want and add them to your cart

4.You enter the code STEAK at checkout, to save 80% on your total! ($25 gift certificates normally sell for $10 on, so 80% off that is only $2)

5.After you’ve purchased your gift certificates they just hang out in your account until you print them and you want to use them. They last an entire year. So you can print them when you buy them or print them as you use them, your choice. Print out the certificate, bring it to the restaurant and give it to your server.

6.Read the small print for your restaurant. Most require a $35 purchase and an 18% gratuity on the original bill total (which you really should be paying anyway).

Here’s a dining scenario:

Spend $35 on dinner – $25 gift certificate = $10

PLUS 18% gratuity on $35 = +$6.35

TOTAL out of pocket at restaurant = $16.35

PLUS the $2 you paid for the gift card = $18.35 for a $42 meal (that includes a $7 tip!)

So it’s not a bad deal, especially if you are going to be eating out anyway.

We use these a lot! If you aren’t sure if your favorite restaurants apply, you can visit and search by zip code to find out which restaurants participate. You’d be surprised – not many corporate restaurants, but really more of the mom-and-pop restaurants in your community.

A couple more things to note:

■These don’t expire

■If something happens (like a restaurant goes out of business or stops taking the certificates) they’ll give you a credit to use toward another restaurant.

Remember, if you go through Ebates you get the 15% cash back! Be smart, get the most bang for your buck!

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