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Dining on a Dime: Free Cupcakes, Appetizers and Other Restaurant 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 every Friday for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare.

This week: free cupcakes, appetizers, lobster potstickers and pizza-and-movie combos, among other deals.

1. Roy’s Restaurant

Send a free Valentine’s e-card and the recipient will get a coupon good for free lobster potstickers, chocolate soufflé or a $50 discount. (The chance of actually getting the $50 discount is 1 in 100, but on the bright side, you can send a card to yourself.) Participating locations only. Good from Feb. 15 through April 22.

2. Sophie’s Uptown

The Buckhead, Ga., restaurant is offering a free cupcake through Jan. 31 to visitors who mention the code word “11alive.”

3. O’Charley’s

Facebook fans of the chain can get a free appetizer with any entrée purchase. Participating locations only. Expires Feb. 16.

4. North Shore Restaurant Month

From Feb. 1 through 28, participating restaurants in Chicago’s North Shore are offering promotions including a free dessert or appetizer with any entrée purchase and 10% to 20% off the entire bill.

5. Pizza Hut

Get a code for a free movie ticket with a $25 PizzaHut.com delivery order. Must pay via MasterCard. Participating locations only. Good through Feb. 11.

6. Riccio’s Pizza Villa

The Charlotte, N.C., restaurant offers print out coupons for specials like buy-one, get-one-50%-off entrees and two 12” pizzas for $16. Good through March 28.

7. Fazoli’s

EatDrinkDeals.com spotted a coupon good for $5 off a family meal purchase. Participating locations only. Good through Jan. 31.

8. Kinha Sushi

Save 15% with a print out coupon at the Garden City, N.Y., restaurant. Good through Jan. 31.

9. Nathan’s

Get a hot dog for $0.99 or Buy-one, get-one-free cheeseburgers when you use print out coupons. Participating locations only. Expires Jan. 31.

10. Ecco

The Costa Mesa, Calif., restaurant recently launched a two-course lunch for $15, which The Orange County Register says is a discount of about 40%.

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.