Friday, November 27, 2009

Eating Big and Spending Small

If you've read this blog for very long you know that I love to save money. When dining out in South Mississippi it's easy to eat big and spend small if you're willing to take a little time and do some research.

By now pretty much everyone knows about WDAM-TV's Half-Off Thursday's, where they feature a local eatery almost every Thursday and provide an avenue for readers of their website to purchase $50 in gift certificates to local restaurants for only $25.

Over the past couple of months they've featured Brownstone's, Dickey's Barbecue, El Taco Loco, Wagon Wheel Steakhouse and more. Each Thursday that they offer a new deal they put up between 75 and 150 certificates and it's a first come, first serve, you can buy up to 5 (five), and they usually go fast. Sometimes they sell out within minutes.

The next offering they have is $50 in certificates for Walnut Circle Grill for $25, those will go on sale on Thursday Dec 3rd at 8:00 AM, expect them to go fast. They currently have $50 in certificates to Miki's in Laurel for $16.50.

I've recently come across a very similar offer made by several local radio stations including 103.7 The Fox. They call their promotion Discount Deals and it's not related solely to restaurant gift certificates. It's pretty much the same deal, you purchase $50 worth of gift certificates for $25, but the number of certificates offered is a lot more limited, between 30 and 50 for each promotion. That's ok, because not nearly as many people seem to know about this promotion and it usually takes a couple of days for them to sell out.

Discount Deals also features a good selection of local eateries with recent offerings from - La Fiesta Brava, The Magic Tomato and Plaid Rhino. They currently have limited certificates left for past offerings - Magic Tomato, Plaid Rhino and La Fiesta Brava (Laurel location). Their next new offering will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at 8:00 AM.

Links to these two promotions can be found on the left hand side of the blog. I wanted to give links to a couple of deals that I have found around South Mississippi, that are not permanent links.

Coast Cuisine from WLOX - Is basically the same promotion as WDAM's Half off Thursday's.

Dealz on Mealz from Coast Radio Group - Another similar program to those above. Deals starting from $12.50 on $25 certificates.

By taking advantage of these deals you can eat out in South Mississippi on a regular basis, at a variety of restaurants and save a lot of money!

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