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Dining on a Dime: Mother’s Day Deals

photo courtesy of Starbucks.

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 tacos, discount steaks and half-off Starbucks Frappuccinos, plus a special section of Mother’s Day deals!

1. Del Taco

Through May 12, get a free classic taco at participating locations with a print out coupon. One per customer; you’re responsible for the sales tax. Participating locations only.

2. Jamba Juice

Get a “Feel Good” special each weekday through May 31. “Ideal Meal Mondays” offer: $3 for 12 oz. Ideal Meal smoothies. “Buy Two Tuesdays” offer: varying specials by store. “Wake Up Wednesdays” offer: $2 oatmeal. “Tasty Thursdays” offer: a $1 baked good with the purchase of any drink, and “All Fruit Fridays” offer: $3 for 16 oz. all-fruit smoothies. Participating locations only.

3. Starbucks

Visit between 3 and 5 p.m. on May 7 through 16 to save 50% on any size Frappuccino. Good on regular menu options as well as the new “however-you-want-it” drinks. Participating locations only.

4. Quiznos

Use a print out coupon to get a free regular fountain drink and chips with the purchase of a regular or large sub or chopped salad. (Toasty Torpedoes and Toasty Bullets not eligible.) Coupon expires May 9.

5. Black Angus

Through May 8, get a Campfire Feast for 2 for $38 (instead of $50) with a print out coupon. Present coupon when ordering. Participating locations only.

6) Friendly’s

Use a print out coupon to get a free entree-sized salad when another one is purchased. You can view the coupon just once — don’t click until you’re ready to print. Deal good through May 11. 

Mother’s Day Deals

1. Champps

Moms receive a free entree on May 8 or 9 with a print out coupon. Better yet, Mom also gets a reusable card good for $15 off food purchases each month through April 2011, plus additional rewards for registering that card online. (That’s an extra $180 in savings.)

2. TCBY

Moms can get a free cup or cone of frozen yogurt on May 9 at participating locations. Call your local store for details.

3. Denny’s

Create a Mother’s Day card on Facebook and both you and Mom will get a coupon good for a free Panake Puppies sundae with the purchase of an entree. Participating locations only. Deal good May 9 through 16.

4. Restaurant.com

Coupon code “MOM” at checkout gets you an extra 70% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires May 9. Restaurant.com usually prices $25 certificates at $10. (Spend $20 to get $50; $30 for $75, etc.) With the discount, you’ll pay just $3, $6, $or $9. Each restaurant sets conditions for use, dictating number of diners, eligible days and excluded menu items.

5. Waffle House

Send Mom a free email card and get a print out coupon good for one free waffle with the purchase of another. Dine-in only. Deal expires May 15. 

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.