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Restaurants for Less (in Canada)

September 14th, 2008 at 09:03 am

A long time ago I saw a website where you could reserve at Toronto-area restaurants ahead of time, and receive a discount on your bill for doing so. I can't seem to find it now, but I have found MenuPalace.com, which offers (among other things) various discounts and offers, including coupons. I signed up for a free $25 gift certificate at Monsoon, a downtown restaurant I've been wanting to try, and it's a tiny bit disappointing - it's $25 off only if you spend at least $75 on food (presumably excluding wine and other drinks), it's only valid Monday to Thursday, and it expires in 2 weeks.

I also found a 2 for 1 entree coupon at a restaurant we've eaten in the past two weeks, though, so knowing this ahead of time would have helped.

Much to my chagrin, I just went into the kitchen to make tea, and found a restaurant coupon book in the cupboard that my son's school was selling last year. I had better go through that and see if it has all expired...

Clipping coupons

September 13th, 2008 at 08:21 pm

I've been reading up on coupons tonight (yes, I have nothing better to do on Saturday night!).

I think of clipping coupons as something my grandmother did, scissoring out good deals on products she would never buy, but storing all the coupons carefully categorized in a special wallet that was inevitably left at home on grocery day.

My life seems so different from hers, with our haphazard stops at the local 24-hour Sobey's on our way home from the subway. We also dismiss coupons because it seems they're for "unhealthy" foods, but several sites I've read tonight are quick to point out that's not true.

Interesting links I don't want to forget:
-save.ca has several manufacturers signed up, and will let you pick weekly coupons to have mailed to you
-A&P/Dominion have a page where you can print coupons
-the grocery coupon guide has some good introductory material on the how-to side
-GrocerySavings is a cool site that lets you see the best flyer prices, plus historical data, for five stores in my area (three are within walking distance!) - I signed up and created my list

More thought will need to go into this!