How to create your own Groupon (DIY)

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As a lot of my friends know, I am a pretty big restaurant-goer. I love trying new food and getting to know the latest and greatest Philly restaurants.  But while this is one of my favorite hobbies, I also find that it can be the most costly.

Thinking about it, I probably go out to dinner at least once or twice a week and when I’m not going out to dinner, I order in a lot as well from campusfood.com . I really do love to cook, but with working two jobs, I sometimes find myself wanting to just come home and veg. Thankfully, my friends Colleen and Dani have let me in on a little secret to getting really great food at affordable prices. So I want to share with the world (and even New Jersey) how to get some great restaurant deals and save a couple bucks – the entire process is kind of like creating your own Groupon.

Step 1.) go to Restaurant.com and create an account (and keep this tab open in your browser)

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Step 2.) In a new tab go to coupons.com and create an account (keep this tab open as well)

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Step 3.) click on ‘Restaurant Deals’ on the left and then click on ‘Click and Save’ for Restaurants in the middle of the screen.

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Step 4.) go shopping! After entering your zip code you can browse through the list of restaurants that you want to buy a ‘gift card’ from and just add what you want into your ‘cart’ by doing it this way you are receiving an 80% discount on restaurant.com … awesome!!!

NOW, there are 2 things you need to know before hand… Lets make a list shall we?

1.) You HAVE to look at the ‘special instructions’ located under the restaurants prices for gift cards. Some restaurants require a minimum amount of food that has to be ordered in order to redeem the gift card. Let’s take a look at an example:

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In this picture you can see that to use a gift card for this particular restaurant you have to spend at least $35 – so lets break this down (WARNING – this is about to get confusing) . You will initially pay $10 for $25 worth of food, but you have to spend $35 which means you will pay $10 more dollars when you get there. So if you add it all together you are paying $20 for $35 of food from Fieldhouse. But that is without the discount from coupons.com. So when you go to checkout on restaurant.com you will find that you are only paying $2 for $25 worth of food. Add the other $10 you have to pay when you get there and you are technically paying $12 for $35 of food… pretty awesome deal!!! JUST like a Groupon! =] =] =] Look at you, making your own Groupon… what a stud.

In another example (the image below) you will see that there is no minimum… these are great deals to get.

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2.) ALWAYS READ THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS AND TERMS & CONDITIONS for your gift certificates. – trust me, it isn’t long and it is important.

ALRIGHT – well that was fun! I hope you guys all have fun getting super awesome coupons on food! =] Here is what I got! all for $22 … #KimmieRocks

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