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7 ways to save on dining out in Miami

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restaurant-diningYou want to go out to dinner, but it can get so expensive. Here are seven ways to save on eating out in South Florida:

1. Miami on the Cheap restaurant deals. We write up deals we hear about that will save you money or get you restaurant freebies.

2. Restaurant deals from Living on the Cheap. Here are the current national chain restaurant deals listed at Living on the Cheap (you might see a few for restaurants we don’t have in Miami):

3. Restaurant.com: This company sells discount restaurant certificates to restaurants nationwide. Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 234 x 60Each restaurant has its own restrictions on how the certificates can be used, so read the fine print before you buy to make sure it’ll be a good deal for you. If you understand the rules, you can eat well on the cheap. Here’s how to make sure you get the best deal:

  • A certificate worth $25 is normally $10, for example. But those certificates sometimes go on sale.
  • Certificates are frequently offered for 40% off (or $6), 50% off (or $5) or 60% off (or $4). The ad above is automatically updated to tell you about the latest sale price and the promo code you need to get it.
  • New certificates are added once a month, usually at the beginning of the month, and popular restaurants may sell out fast.
  • Most restaurants require a minimum purchase to use the certificate, some restrict how often you can dine at a discount and others have other rules. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy.
  • Restaurant.com sometimes is late to find out when a restaurant has gone out of business, so you might also want to make sure the restaurant is still around. If a restaurant goes out of business after you’ve bought a certificate, Restaurant.com will let you exchange it.

See all the Restaurant.com deals here.

4. Travelzoo. Find deals to popular restaurants. Click here to see all the deals.

5. Groupon. Find deals at popular restaurants. You can find these on your phone once you’ve chosen a restaurant and then just show the number on your phone in the restaurant, but check first to make sure the venue doesn’t require a printed coupon. Click here to see all the deals.

6. Living Social: Click here to see all the deals.

7. Check out Miami food and drink specials at Miami’s best happy hours.

Remember that restaurant promotions can change any time, and not all locations participate in all promotions, so it’s always smart to call ahead and verify the deal is still valid.

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About Teresa

Teresa Mears is a publisher, writer and editor who was raised to be frugal. She became a website entrepreneur after 30 years as an editor at newspapers ranging in size from the Portland (Tenn.) Leader to The Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald, where she worked most recently. She moved to Florida in 1980 because it was the only place she could get a job during that recession and has lived in South Florida since 1985, in Miami, Hollywood, Tamarac, Wilton Manors and Fort Pierce. She is co-owner and CEO of the parent network, Living on the Cheap.

Living on the CheapMiami on the Cheap is a member of Living on the Cheap, a network of websites published by frugalistas, journalists and consumer advocates. Find practical advice on saving money on groceries, travel and shopping, plus tips from our experts on how to live the good life for less at Living on the Cheap.

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