In my quest to trim our grocery and dining budget, I decided to take a closer look at Restaurant.com. I am usually not one to use coupons for restaurants. I’m sorry, I know it’s childish, but to me there is something very embarrassing about handing a waiter a coupon. I know people do it all the time, what can I say, I just can’t do it. And, I’ve talked to enough people that feel the same way, so I am not alone. Maybe restaurants should rethink their coupon strategy and go with the more widely accepted “Gift Certificate.” I know it is just semantics, but a coupon is something you use for groceries, a Gift Certificate is a nice present someone gave to special you for a night out on the town. Isn’t marketing all about how a product makes you feel? If so, my argument makes perfect sense.
Anyway, let’s move on. At first I was very skeptical, but when I searched the list of participating restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few that I had been meaning to try. I purchased a gift certificate to Viva’s in Belmar as my first experiment. I’ve heard Viva’s is excellent and now with over $20 off the bill, it’s definitely worth a visit. Look for that review in the very near future.
From time to time, Restaurant.com offers deep discounts on their Gift Certificates. Right now you can purchase $25 gift certificates for only $3. You just can’t beat that. The offer ends Monday, April 20th, so don’t wait.