Active Military & Veterans Eat Free at Applebee’s

November 4, 2010 by  
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Applebee’s restaurants salute America’s veterans by offering a free entree to active duty military personnel and veterans on Veterans Day.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on Thursday November 11, 2010 when they show proof of military service.  The selection of free entrees available includes House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp… and more. You can see all the options available at the offer link.

This is only good on November 11, for dine-in only at participating restaurants, and it doesn’t include drinks or a tip. Check the Applebee’s Veterans Day offer for details on the proof of military service required.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure!



Food Freebies & Deals: Sept 24-Oct 1, 2010

September 24, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include free ice cream, free Chinese, CiCi’s Pizza promo, and deals at Quiznos, Buca di Beppo, Jack in the Box, Imbibe, Sophia’s Place, and more…

Panda Express Free Kobari Beef on September 29. Get a free single serving of Kobari Beef at participating Panda Express locations with the Panda Express coupon only on Sept 29, 2010.

Cold Stone Creamery Free Ice Cream on September 30 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  The World’s Largest Ice Cream Social is part of Cold Stone Creamery’s Make-A-Wish month, with a free 3 ounce sample of Kate’s Creation ice cream (add extras for a charge). One freebie per customer while supplies last, and you can support Make- A-Wish Foundation all month at Cold Stone Creamery locations by buying a Make-A-Wish paper star for $1.

60% off at YoYo Bliss, the frozen yogurt mavens in ABQ Uptown, in a sale via Clear Channel Albuquerque. Half price certificates are discounted by an extra $5, so you get a $40 certificate for $15. They’re selling at two links: 60% off at YoYo Bliss and Clear Channel Half Price Deal Sale, and certificates are limited so if they’re sold out on one link, try the other one. Shipping  is $3.75, expiry February 2011.

$1 off Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich with this coupon. It’s one coupon per guest, per visit, at participating locations, till November 8, 2010.

Half Off Old Town Pizza Parlor with these $20 certificates for $10 via CityDeals. You can buy multiple certificates, check fine print for details. Next day shipping is 99 cents, certificates valid till March 31, 2011. 

80% off Get a $25 Restaurant Certificate for $2 PLUS a Free $10 Gift certificate till September 26 with the promo code: AUTUMN (Enter the code at checkout to see the discount). Certificates are already discounted, and as far as we understand the free $10 Gift Certificate is good on orders of certificates worth $25 (or more) – they email the code for the freebie within 24 hours of placing your order. (One free gift per order, we think, not one per certificate purchased, although we’re buying several today so may be pleasantly surprised!) certificates are already discounted, so with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10) now costs $2
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • $100 Gift Card (redeem at 15,000 restaurants nationally) now costs $8
  • Buy by Sept 26, no expiration date on certificates.

To get the 80% off  & bonus $10 certificate, select your certificates and enter the promo code AUTUMN at the check out page. (The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.) Check the small print for any restrictions on each restaurant. The free $10 certificate offer is not valid on Dinner of the Month purchases.  Participating Albuquerque restaurants include Sophia’s Place, Peppers Cantina, Asian Cafe,  Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. There are also Santa Fe and other restaurants in the program if you’re traveling.

$10 off Buca di Beppo
purchase of $20 or more with this coupon valid till December 30, 2011. One coupon per visit per table.  Read the small print – it excludes alcohol, tax, and tip.

40% off Buca di Beppo $20 Gift Card Pay $12 for $20 worth of Italian food and drink at Buca di Beppo (this one can also be used for beverage and tip) valid at all locations via CityDeals. Limit one per household, till certificates run out. Next day shipping is 99 cents.

CiCi’s Pizza $3.99 Buffet The 25th anniversary deal runs to October 3 at participating CiCi’s restaurants, with the endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet discounted to just $3.99 for adults (usually $5.49) and $3.19 for kids! Kid’s buffet in other locations may be priced differently. This is correct for the ABQ location which is confirmed as participating in the promo! Cici’s Pizza in Albuquerque is located at 4770 Montgomery NE.

Imbibe Drinks Specials Tuesday Nights are College Nights at Nob Hill’s Imbibe, with $1 drafts, $3 well drinks, $3 Long Island Tea (whoa cheap!), $4 Jim Beam, and $5 cherry and silvers. On Wine down Wednesdays, it’s free wine tastings and appetizers from 6-7pm along with wine specials and 1/2 price bottled wine and happy hour all night. Check out all the specials and events at Imbibe, we love their rooftop patio too – with fire pits for cooler nights!

Applebees 99 Cent Kids Meals on Wednesdays for children 12 and under ordering from the Kid’s Menu, when accompanied by an adult entree purchase. Limit 4 per group.

Great American Dine Out promotions in the fundraiser ending this weekend:

  • Boston Market Free Side Dish: Donate $1 instore to Share Our Strength to end child hunger in America, and get a coupon for a free side dish on your next visit – to September 25.
  • Taco Bueno Coupon Book: Donate $2 at Taco Buena locations to share Our Strength to end child hunger in America and receive a $5 coupon book for Taco Bueno – to September 25.
  • Applebees purchase a Free Appetizer or Free Kid’s Meal coupon for $2 at participating Applebee’s.

Quiznos $2 Off A Sub Get two dollars off a regular or large sub with the coupon to October 4, plus a coupon for $1 off any Choose 2 Combo Meal.

Free Small Drink with Popcorn Purchase at Regal Cinemas from Sept 24-26 when you ‘like’ Regal Cinemas on Facebook. You need to be signed in to a Facebook account for this deal. By liking the Regal Cinemas page you get access to a weekly coupon – this week it’s a free small drink with popcorn purchase, valid now through September 26 only.

Arby’s Free Sandwich – either Roast Beef or Beef ‘N’ Cheddar sandwich when you buy any combo, with the coupon via Premium Shopping Guide. You can use it for up to FOUR free sandwiches as long as you buy the same number of full priced combos. Other Arby’s coupons include $1 Double Cheese Melt, and all coupons are valid at participating Arby’s till September 30, 2010.

Ben & Jerry’s Take-out Pints get cheaper the more you buy at the Ben & Jerry’s store only.  One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. You need to print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE. Coupon expires October 7.

The Cube Coupons for free tea/coffee with purchase of a dessert, a $6.99 Recession Special of Brisket or Pork Sandwich plus fries and soda, an $11.99 Three Meat Combo with choice of 3 meats, 2 sides, and a soda, all valid to September 30, 2010. The Cube Coupon for Happy Hour $3 Marble beer is undated.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Thanks to Joshua for the Imbibe deal, and to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap and Jennifer at Fort Worth on the Cheap for a coupla tips!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.


Friday Food Freebies & Deals for Valentine’s Day & Beyond!

February 12, 2010 by  
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Just in time for kissy day, we’re sharing the love on Valentine specials and freebies, plus ongoing deals and coupons, from Applebee’s, Dominos, Buca di Beppo, Quiznos, Whataburger, and Village Inn.

Couples get a free Patty Melt Whatameal with fries and drink at Whataburger on February 14 between 5 and 10 pm. Purchase one Patty Melt Whatameal to qualify for the freebie for your date! Dine-in only at  Whataburger locations.

Domino’s customers who order online on February 14 receive a free 2-piece order of Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes with the promo code HUG. Valid with an online purchase, for delivery, at participating stores while supplies last. Enter coupon code “HUG” into the coupon code field.

Buca di Beppo
–  A free chocolate covered strawberry when you dine-in on February 14. No coupon needed, one strawberry per person, while supplies last. I’d make reservations.
– $10 off your purchase of $20 or more with this Buca di Beppo coupon valid till December 31, 2010. One coupon per visit per table, not valid with other offers. Print it out for dine in, or order at Buca to Go  using the coupon code at the link.

Village Inn – Get a coupon for a free slice of pie when you send a Valentine’s Day email or post a message to your sweetie’s Facebook page, using Village Inn’s online V-Day card making doohickey.
At the same link, you’ll also find a coupon for a buy one get one free slice of pie, expiring February 19.

Appelebee’s 2 for $20 deal (make it a date night) serves up one appetizer and two entrees for a flat $20.

Quiznos coupons give :
– A free sub when you buy a sub of equal or greater value and a regular fountain drink
– $1 off any Choose 2 Combo
Coupons are valid till February 21 at participating resaurants. One coupon per person, no delivery orders, and you can’t use with any other offer.

Thanks to Ron for some of these tips, and thank to the gods (especially Aphrodite) for others.



Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 10/23/2009

October 23, 2009 by  
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Better Burger, Better Price: Now at Denny’s, get a free “Better Burger” and fries with the purchase of the same and two drinks and this coupon! Multiple locations around the Q.

Fall into Fall: Now at Mimi’s Cafe, get a two course lunch for $9.99 and a three course dinner for $12.99 with this ad! Located at I-25 and Jefferson NE.

Holiday Catering: Take the stress off cooking and just relax with this deal from Boston Market. With this coupon, take $10 off your minimum $60 catering order. Note: Be sure to read the fine print. We strongly recommend calling your local Boston Market to make sure they are accepting this coupon before you place a catering order! Coupon expires 12/31/09.

National Day for Food: October 26 is “World Pasta Day,” and Buca Di Beppo is celebrating! That day, receive a FREE 8-oz portion of spaghetti with choice of sauce! (Purchase of another small or large pasta dish is required to obtain the freebie). Also, leave with a free package of Rummo Italian pasta. Located west of ABQ Uptown.

It’s Not Too Cold Yet: Yeah, it’s getting colder, but we don’t think it’s ever to cold for ice cream. Now at A&W Restaurants surrounding ABQ, get 50¢ off a shake or Polar Swirl with this coupon!

Couples Eat Cheap: Grab yer honey and head to Chili’s or Applebee’s. Both are running $20 promotions. At Chili’s, choose 1 appetizer, 2 entrées, and 1 dessert for 20 bucks. At Applebee’s, pick 1 appetizer and 2 entrées. Sounds like the best kind of cheap date, to us!

$3 Off Delivery: In case you hadn’t noticed, the weather can turn ugly at this time of year. When it’s cold and rainy, there’s no need to venture out to get your food fix. Use this coupon to get $3 off food delivery from Just Dine In! Order online and get hot food from your fave eatery delivered to your door. What could be better?

15% Off Sushi: We’re always trying to find pleasing deals for our sushi-loving readers. This Valpak coupon nets you 15% off your total bill (exclusing drinks) or $5 off at Sushiya in the northeast heights.

Half Price Sushi: In other Asian dining news, Alibi Bucks offers a half-price dining certificate to Sushi Gen, while supplies last. (Scroll waaay down the page to find it!) Specifically, get a $20 certificate for a mere $10.

We verify these deals as best we can, but we strongly recommend you call to double-check the deals yourself before heading out to redeem any offers. These deals can change or go poof quicker than you can say “boo.” Remember, all restaurant deals are only available at “participating locations.” Be sure your preferred location is participating in order to avoid disappointment!

–Elizabeth Hanes and Erica Krause


Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 8/14/09

August 14, 2009 by  
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We’re already in a great mood, but the notion of free food somehow makes our outlook even more golden. And not as in “arches.”

  • Free Cookie: Thanks to Matt for the tip! Enjoy this coupon for a free cookie with the purchase of any large beverage at Seattle’s Best Coffee cafés inside Borders. Expires 8/16/09. Three stores in Albuquerque and two in Santa Fe.
  • Improved 2 for $20: The previous Applebee’s 2 for $20 deal involved downsized entrées, but no more. They’ve revamped the menu to include “generous portions.” Works for us. The new menu includes 12 full-sized entrées to choose from. Eight locations around the area.
  • Kids Eat Free: Also from Applebee’s. We saw this advertised on the marquee at the Menaul location, and a friendly staff person there gave us the deets: ALL your kids can eat free on Mondays with the purchase of at least one adult meal. The friendly staff person said she believed most of the Applebee’s in Albuquerque were participating. Call ahead to verify.
  • Half Price Restaurant Certificates: Using Alibi Bucks, you can get get dining certificates for half off. So, for example, purchase a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant and pay just $10! You can’t beat that. Currently available restaurants on the Alibi Bucks page: Calico Cantina, El Norteño, Gold Street Caffé, Pepper’s Ole Fashion BBQ, Pizza 9, Ponderosa Eatery & Saloon (Tijeras), and Sushi Gen.
  • More 50% Off Restaurant Certificates: Citadel Broadcasting has rolled out “Fifty50Fridays” across all its radio station websites. Each Friday, you can score half price gift certificates to local restaurants and other food-related businesses. For example, last week’s offer was a $50 certificate to Edible Arrangements for just $25. Check every Friday for the latest offer. TIP: If you use half-price restaurant certificates every time you eat out, you can save hundreds of dollars a year!
  • Free Beverage, Free Dessert, Free Bagel: And more! Rooster’s Downtown has rolled out a boatload of coupons for free food with no qualifying purchase. Just present the coupon and get your free food. Current coupons include: hot chocolate and a cookie; tea or coffee; bagel; dessert; beverage and refill. That’s a pure extravaganza of free food! Plus, if you present your Rail Runner ticket at Rooster’s you can always get a free beverage. Fourth and Central downtown.
  • Cake Coupons: Say it with us: cake coupons! And not just any cake: moist, delectable creations from Say It with Cake. Coupons include $3 off a dozen cupcakes, $5 off a half-sheet cake, and more. Westside.
  • BBQ Coupons: If you live in Rio Rancho and like barbecue, you’re gonna love this. Smokehouse BBQ not only offers live music on Friday and Saturday night, but now you can get some great coupon deals, like $5 off a $20 order or “buy 10 breakfast burritos, get 2 free.”
  • Free Appetizer: Los Equipales Restaurant still has a coupon for a free appetizer running on their site, but they’ve added a deal for a $50 gift certificate for just $25. You have to contact them directly for details. East Nob Hill.
  • Kids Eat Free: On Wednesdays at JB’s. If you love down home style cooking and have kids under age 10, here’s your deal! All day on Wednesday, get one free kids’ meal with each adult meal purchase. Looks to be good at both Albuquerque JB’s.

And that’s it for this week! Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

–Elizabeth Hanes


Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 7/24/09

July 24, 2009 by  
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Wow! We are jam-packed with dining deals for you this week, so let’s get right to them!

  • BOGO beverages: ABQ’s very own Napoli Coffee sent us this deal. Every day between noon and 2:00pm, buy any drink to get one of equal or lesser value FREE! Excludes ice cream drinks. Plus, they’ve got free live music every Sunday at noon. What  more could you ask for? OK, OK — they’ll throw in free wi-fi, too. Napoli Coffee is located at 2839 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque.
  • Free pizza: Via our friends at New Mexico MarketPlace, use this coupon for a free 12″ cheese pizza from Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria! Just buy one large, 3-item pizza and redeem the coupon for a free cheese pizza. Easy, cheesy! Valid on take-out only, through 8/1/09. Mimmo’s is located at 3301 Coors Rd NW, Albuquerque. Phone 831-4191.
  • $1 sub sandwich: Quiznos thinks today’s workers don’t have enough perks on the job, so they’re offering one of their own. Buy any size Classic Italian, Turkey Ranch & Swiss, Mesquite Chicken, or Traditional sub — in any size — and get an identical (size and recipe) sub for $1. It’s called the Toasty Toasty promotion, and it’s good “for a limited time.” Quiznos has 22 stores throughout New Mexico, including 13 in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Bernalillo.
  • $2 milkshake: This deal’s simple enough: buy a burger (or a veggie burger), get a shake for $2. If that’s not great enough, it’s at Flying Star. ‘Nuff said. Here’s a coupon for the Bernalillo location, or print this coupon good at any location. Nine locations, including one in Santa Fe, to serve you.
  • $5.99 lunch: Applebee’s is resurrecting the classic soup-n-salad combo as part of its “Pick’N Pair” lunch  menu. Choose two items from select soups, salads, and sandwiches to create your own combo. There’s also a pasta option. Total price: $5.99. Available Monday – Friday until 3:00pm. Eight Applebee’s locations around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
  • 99¢ Chillers: If you’re willing to give Sonic your e-mail address, they’re willing to send you a coupon good for a 99¢ Chiller. For those not in the know, a “Chiller ” is classic or flavored limeade blended with vanilla ice cream. Oh, yeah. One coupon per e-mail address. Chillers not included in Sonic’s vaunted Happy Hour. By the way, Sonic also is offering a free Route 44 upgrade for any numbered combo meal order. Just so’s ya know.
  • $2 cold beverage: Props to loyal fan Barb for tipping us to this! Stay cool this summer by taking advantage of the StarbucksTreat Receipt” promotion. Make a Starbucks purchase before 2:00pm any day and then return the same day after 2:00pm with your receipt to get a grande sized cold drink for just $2! Personally, we like the hand-shaken black iced tea, but that’s just us. Participating locations only. We understand the baristas are pretty good about clueing you in to this promotion. Valid through 9/30/09. Ten Starbucks locations in the Albuquerque area.
  • Free entrée salad: Salad lovers, rejoice! Denny’s is offering this promotion: buy any entrée plus two beverages and get a free entrée salad! Choose from Cranberry Pecan Chicken, Baja Chicken, and Prime Rib & Bleu. Enjoy. Valid through 8/9/09. Seven Denny’s restaurants in Albuquerque.
  • Free appetizer or $5 off: Invite friends to party at T.G.I. Friday’s and score a free Jack Daniels® Sampler Platter appetizer! You do have to fork over your e-mail address and that of your friend(s), and there’s no privacy policy explanation on the party site, so proceed at your own risk. On the plus side, you can schedule parties as often as you like and get a free appetizer each time! Or, if you’re more of a privacy freak, you can simply print this coupon for $5 off each additional entrée for every friend you bring to dine with you. The coupon’s good for up to 10 people (!), so party on, dudes. Valid at participating locations through 8/31/09. These offers are not combinable, wise guy. There’s just one T.G.I. Friday’s location in Albuquerque, and it’s over by Cottonwood Mall.

Well, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

–Elizabeth Hanes



April 9, 2009 by  
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Considering a person can easily spend $10 on a fast food meal, $10 per person for casual dining is a pretty good deal.

For a limited time, Applebee’s restaurant is offering a special $20 Dinner for 2 promotion that includes one appetizer to share plus two full entrees (from a special menu). Best of all, this offer is good through carside to-go, as well as dine-in, so you can pick up some tasty eats on the cheap when you don’t feel like cooking.

Applebee’s has 8 locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Find the one nearest you.

–Elizabeth Hanes