Friday, January 29, 2010

So just sent out the latest Hot Tips for Artists and Craftspeople and what happens? I get a fantastic and timely tip from my friend Becky Boutch of Seattle Rainwater Soap.
Restaurant.com sells discounted gift certificates for restaurants all over the U.S. (and not just franchises). The certificates are a great deal at $10 for each $25 certificate, but on the last week of the month it gets even better. Just enter the code 'BONUS' when you finish shopping and it automatically deducts 80% from your total. Each $25 certificate costs you only $2.00! Print out the coupons and you're off to dinner.
There are restrictions; you can only use one certificate per restaurant per month, you have to spend at least $35 per party, it doesn't include alcohol and the restaurant will add an 18% tip onto your bill, which applies to the full total before the discount. That seems fair to me.
I know this sounds like an ad, but I just love sharing great finds. And this is one of those rare too good to be true deals that really is true. I've now heard from a few friends who use these coupons often. It really works and you still have 2 days to use the coupon code this month.
This is a great deal for anyone, but for those of us who travel and spend a fortune eating out at shows, this is a gold mine of savings. I just found coupons for the restaurants in the Downtown Marriott in Philly, where I will be staying for my next show.
My suggestion: Before every show search by zipcode and pack them along with you. At $2 each even if you end up not using them, on the last day of the show you can give it to a good customer who will be thrilled and remember you next time. (In fact, I think these would be a nice gift with purchase or a thank-you to give to special buyers when they order.)

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