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

This week: inexpensive all-you-can-eat flapjacks, BOGO frozen drinks, and free meals for folks in cow costumes, among other deals.

French Restaurant Week

In New York City, participating restaurants are offering special three-course menus and dishes for $17.89. The promotion runs July 8-15.

Chick-fil-a

Get your cow gear ready. On July 13, Cow Appreciation Day, anyone who shows up at participating restaurants dressed up as a cow will get a free entrée or meal. (What you get depends on if you’re in a full or partial costume.)

Buffets, Inc.

Starting July 5, the company — which owns Ryan’s, Country Buffet, Home Town Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Fire Mountain and Granny’s Buffet – will give a 15% discount to active and reserve military personnel, including their spouses and children. The new policy maxes out at four diners per party and is good at any location.

Bob Evans

DealNews.com spotted a new promotion from the restaurant offering all-you-can-eat flapjacks for $4.99 at participating locations. The last slightly comparable deal: buy one, get one free entrees in April. No expiration date specified.

Charlottesville Restaurant Week

From July 9-15, participating restaurants in Charlottesville, VA., will offer three-course dinners for $26.

McDonalds

Buy one McCafe drink, get one free, via a printable coupon. The offer is good at participating locations and can be used on summer treats like frozen lemonade, chillers, smoothies and frappes. Deal expires July 31.

Qdoba Mexican Grill

The Wheat Ridge, CO location is among a number of Colorado restaurants offering special deals to help with wildlife relief. On July 10 at Qdoba, donating $1 to the American Red Cross Colorado Wildfires 2012 fund gets diners a coupon for a free order of chips and three-cheese queso.

Rubio’s

Get $1 off a Wild Planet Tuna Salad or a Chipotle Orange Shrimp Salad, via a printable coupon spotted at RestaurantCouponsandDeals.com. Participating locations only. Coupon expires August 26.

Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant Chicago

The Chicago restaurant recently announced it would offer a new “Weekday Threeway” special consisting of three food items and/or weekly drink specials for $10. Regularly, the restaurant’s small plates cost $3 to $5 each.

Taco Bell

Through July 7, buy one Cantina Bowl at participating restaurants and get a second free.

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