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Dining on a Dime: Free Cookies, Wine and Other 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 cookies, fruit and wine, cheap brunch and regional New York restaurant week, among other deals.

1. Quiznos

Get a free cookie with a print out coupon. No purchase required. Participating locations only. Expires Oct. 18.

2. TRIO

This Austin restaurant boasts one of Wine & Spirit’s “7 Best New Sommeliers,” and is offering a free glass of syrah in celebration when you present a print out coupon during October.

3. QuickCheck

Facebook fans of the convenience store chain can get a print out coupon for a free 8oz. Sunkist fruit cup. Participating locations only. Good through Oct. 11.

4. Pietro’s Restaurant

Every Wednesday in October from 3 p.m. to close, this St. Louis restaurant will use its prices from the year it opened — 1960. That means you can enjoy its bacon wrapped fillet for $4.95 and select pasta dishes for $2.95.

5. Old Country Buffet

Buy a beverage and get one adult dinner for $6.99 with a print out coupon. One coupon can be used for two people. Participating locations only. Good through Oct. 16.

6. Western New York Restaurant Week

Participating restaurants in Buffalo, Lancaster and other nearby New York towns are offering promotions including dinners for $20.10. Promotion runs through Oct. 10.

7. Red Lobster

Use a print out coupon to save $3 off two adult lunch entrees or $4 off two adult dinner entrees. The restaurant chain is also offering its “Endless Shrimp” deal. Both end Nov. 15.

8. Lake Forest Bar & Grill

Arrive at this Seattle-area restaurant between 9 and 11 a.m. on weekends for the “Big Deal,” which prices everything on the breakfast menu at $5.95.

9. Smokey Bones

Through Oct. 9, save $10 off a dine-in order of $20 or more with a print out coupon. Participating locations only.

10. Dine Downtown

Participating restaurants in Red Bank, N.J. are offering three-course prix-fixe menus for $15 to $30 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the month of October.

11. T.G.I. Friday’s

Save $5 on a dine-in purchase of $15 or more with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Expires Oct. 9.

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.