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Frugal Foodie’s Friday Meal Deals

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Cooking at home is the best way to save cash, but it’s nice to go out sometimes, too. Check out Frugal Foodie on Fridays for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare.

This week: free cashew chicken, BOGO ice cream scoops and cheap coffee-and-donut combos, among other deals.

Panda Express

On Oct. 3, get a free order of cashew chicken with a print out coupon. While supplies last. Participating locations only.

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

From Oct. 3 through 10, participating restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $25.

Denny’s

Buy any two burgers and get a free cheeseburger flatbread with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Expires Sept. 29.

Ukai Sushi & Chinese

The Plainfield, Ill., restaurant now offers a sushi lunch special of two rolls, miso soup and salad for $8.99. Diners can also opt for a three-roll version for $10.99.

Jamba Juice

Use print out coupons from the company’s website to save $2 on a 12-ounce fresh-squeezed juice and $2 off a steel-cut oatmeal. Participating locations only. Deal ends Sept. 30.

Vail Restaurant Month

Through Sept. 30, participating restaurants will offer specials themed to “Health and Outdoors Week.” (Next week is “Family Week.”)

Ben & Jerry’s

Through Sept. 30, buy a scoop of Phish Food, Cherry Garcia or Vanilla Heath Bar and get a second for $1. Participating locations only.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Use print out coupons on the company’s website to get deals including $1 off a bagel and cream cheese, and six donuts free with the purchase of a Box of Joe. Participating locations only. Expires Sept. 30.

Westport & Weston Restaurant Week

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 5, participating Connecticut restaurants will offer specially priced meals, with part of the proceeds going to local charities.

Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie