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Dining on a Dime: Pre-Holiday 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: lobster deals, gift card bonuses, restaurant fundraisers and more.

1. Tumbleweed Restaurants

Use a print out coupon on Mondays through Thursdays and buy one entrée on a select list to get a second entrée free. Now through Nov. 24. Participating locations only.

2. Long Island Restaurant Week

Through Nov. 14, participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for $25.

3. Kentucky Fried Chicken

RestaurantCouponsandDeals.com spotted a print out coupon for a free side and drink with the purchase of a Doublicious sandwich. Participating locations only. Good through Nov. 14.

4. First Bite Boulder

Participating restaurants in Boulder, Colo., are offering three-course prix-fixe meals for $26. Offer good through Nov. 20.

5. Buca di Beppo

Use a print out coupon http://www.bucadibeppo.com/coupon/visa.html to save $10 on a purchase of $20 or more. Participating locations only. Good until Feb. 28, 2011.

6. Restaurant.com

This week, coupon code “GIVE” at checkout gets you an extra 80% off already discounted gift certificates to local venues. The code expires Nov. 15. Restaurant.com usually prices $25 certificates at $10. (Spend $20 to get $50; $30 for $75, etc.) With the discount, you’ll pay just $2, $4, or $6. Each restaurant sets conditions regarding the number of diners, days and menu items a certificate can be used for, so check the fine print before you buy.

7. Taste of Asheville

On Nov. 18, participating restaurants in Asheville, N.C., will co-host a fundraiser for the Asheville Independent Restaurants group. Tickets — $50 apiece or $75 per couple — include the night’s dinner and a booklet of $600 in coupons for those area restaurants.

8. Hardee’s

Through Nov. 30, get a free caramel crumb biscuit with the purchase of any breakfast combo and a print out coupon. Participating locations only.

9. The Brio

This Frontenac, Mo., restaurant offers a $20 bonus on a $100 gift card purchase.

10. Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill

Get $1 off a langostino lobster purchase through Nov. 14 with a print out coupon. A second coupon gets you a free fish taco with any langostino lobster purchase. Participating locations only.

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.