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Old 12-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #21
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Yeah, we get shut out of lots of stuff here in paradise. I think the following is only for those of us on Oahu, but it might change. Oldies 107.9 has a site you might try.

Half Price Deals: Home

Limited in scope and times you can "get in" to actually purchase discount cards, but looks like some good deals, if you like the restaurants they feature. I scored Crouching Lion cards at 50%. Haven't tried CL since they repoened and this seemed a good enticement beyond the great view from the mountainside. Allow 10 days for delivery and YMMV, etc.

Guess we have to give up a few things to live in the land of ever-summer.
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Old 12-23-2008, 02:51 AM   #22
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As usual Canada gets left out of the deal.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:12 PM   #23
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Soooo does anyone feel awkward in presenting a discount coupon or gift certificate at the end of the meal? In some cases the mom and pop is one tier away from the server asking how to handle the coupon. Theres a bit of peace in thinking if they they didn't want you to use the coupon they shouldn't issue it... but scoring a $35 meal with $25 off I feel a bit bad for the business. I guess its just me.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:22 PM   #24
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Most of the places that are signed up with restaurant.com are more expensive places. I've used the coupons a lot but always on way more than a 35 dollar meals.

I think I'd feel kinda stupid using a $25 coupon for a $35 meal, I couldn't do it.
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I never feel bad using a coupon or gift certificate--without it I likely wouldn't have gone there to eat anyway, and they are probably still making a little profit off me. And they hope I'll come back, too, and bring friends

I think the most important thing is to tip based on the full price of the meal, not the discounted price.
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I never feel bad using a coupon or gift certificate--without it I likely wouldn't have gone there to eat anyway, and they are probably still making a little profit off me. And they hope I'll come back, too, and bring friends

I think the most important thing is to tip based on the full price of the meal, not the discounted price.
Indeed.

I have worked food service.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:12 PM   #27
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We shamelessly use coupons, but we usually do not eat at expensive places.

There is a popular BBQ place here that advertises in ValPack (or something like ValPack) once a month with a buy one dinner get another of equal or lesser value free, good only Mon-Thu evenings. Just guessing I would say that on any given weeknight at least half of the dining parties are using a coupon. The place is usually crowded. Without the coupon we would probably not go.

In a table-service place we do tip based on the undiscounted price.
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