Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Coupons, Gift Certificates, Vouchers, oh My!

While I am away on my honeymoon, guest bloggers will be filling in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

These days, deals are everywhere. You can be on umpteen different daily email lists that send you the special for this and the discount for that. From to, from individual restaurant’s own advertisements and freebies, to vendors’ specials, there’s a bounty of savings to be had. It can also be a little overwhelming – and sometimes the deal isn't as good as it seems! How to navigate?

I regularly use a few sites and a few restaurant’s own deals and certificates. From trial and error, here’s what I've found to be the best of the bunch for wining and dining in Atlanta: – Sign up for the daily email to find out what that day’s special is. The discount will vary and often be up to 70% off (for example, one I bought was a $25 certificate, no strings attached, to Quattro, for $15), and will be for everything from stores to spas to restaurants, bars and more. Typically, Groupons have no restrictions so they’re easy to use making them an even better deal. – You can also sign up for a daily email for their ever-changing list of hugely discounted deals. Always half-off, they routinely throw in additional discounts in stages, up to 90% off so you can end up getting $50 certificates for as little as $2. The big caveat with this site is the fine print – most are only usable at dinner, require two people and two entree purchases, and exclude alcohol, tax and tip. Purchase wisely.

The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group – The Ultimate Gift Card is a great buy. Valid at all Buckhead Life restaurants, you get an automatic 20% extra added to your card, all the time. Great for gifts.

Metrotainment Restaurants Loyalty Cards – The Metrotainment Restaurants (, including Einstein’s, Joe’s on Juniper, Hudson Grille and more, have Loyalty Cards where you earn points every time you spend money. You can use the points to buy gift cards or actual prizes and they give bonus points on your birthday and anniversary. As a big plus this year, Loyalty Card holders can buy Holiday Cards and get an extra 50% on the card automatically – plus you can split the card up into any increments and between restaurants. That is pretty cool, in my opinion.

Yelp – The Yelp talk threads are a fountain of information and one that is updated regularly is on Nightly Deals – where you can get free or discounted food and drink every night of the week.

Check out the deals, get the daily specials you choose sent to your inbox, save and enjoy!

Guest Blogger: Carrie,



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