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 7/31/09

July 31, 2009 by  
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You know we love our local Albuquerque restaurants — the Mom & Pop places that make our city that much more enchanting. Well, Mom and Pop have been rolling out the restaurant coupons lately. Free kids’ cones, BOGO entrées, free appetizers, half price wild boar — we’ve got all the bases covered this week, yo.

  • Free Teriyaki Burger: Here’s a pair of Carl’s Jr. BOGO coupons, plus a coupon for $1 off any breakfast burrito. With a baker’s dozen locations in the Albuquerque area, you should have no trouble spending these! Expires 8/13/09.
  • 20% off Entire Check: Print this 20% off certificate for La Provence Brasserie and enjoy fine French cuisine tonight. Valid on food only, though they have a dynamite wine selection. Located in Nob Hill. No stated expiration date.
  • Free Green Chile Cheeseburger: Another BOGO coupon, from a restaurant called Chelsey’s. You can also score a coupon for a mondo wing basket and a $3.99 breakfast. Northeast heights, near Juan Tabo and Constitution. Expires 8/13/09.
  • $10 off lunch: Use this $10 off lunch certificate at Scalo Northern Italian Grill and enjoy a cheap lunch! Valid with purchase of two lunch entrées and two beverages. Located in Nob Hill. No stated expiration date.
  • Free Appetizer: With purchase of 2 lunch entrées and this coupon, offered by Quinns Bistro in Nob Hill. They also offer a coupon for a free scone with purchase of a breakfast entrée. Both coupons expire 8/13/09.
  • Half Price Breakfast or Lunch: Grab a gaggle of friends, buy this half price dining certificate, and head over to On the Corner Café for a cheap lunch. Heck, their prices are already cheap: everything on the menu is under $7! Shut up! Your $25 half-price certificate should feed three or four people, at that rate. Downtown, at 4th and Bellamah.
  • BOGO Frozen Custard Cup or Cone: Who couldn’t use some frozen goodness in mid-summer? These coupons from Chillz, on Central across from UNM, net you the aforementioned BOGO or a free kids’ cone or $1 off. Sweet! (Literally.) Expires 8/13/09.
  • Half Price Dining Certificate: Looking to take your visiting relatives down to Old Town for some seriously exotic western cuisine? First, buy a half-price dining certificate, then take them to High Noon Restaurant & Saloon for some wild boar, quail, or even crab rellenos. Don’t worry; they have more traditional fare, too.
  • Half Price Ice Cream: Here’s your chance to double your Ben & Jerry’s deliciousness. Buy ten $5 certificates for just $25 and achieve perfect ice cream zen any day of the week. Two locations, east side and west side.
  • Half Price Spaghetti: We know people who are fervent fans of Mario’s, and they are going to love this. Check out these fab Mario’s coupons: buy one get one half price entrées, two free toppings on 18″ pizza, or $3 off any $20 pizza or pasta order. Your choice. We choose to use them ALL. Currently located in Uptown, but two new locations coming soon.
  • 10% off Any Entrée: Here’s one for our friends in Bernalillo. Take 10% off any entrée with this coupon from Coronado Grill. ‘Nuff said.
  • Free Taco: Perico’s scored big in our “Best Cheap Taco” contest, and now you can get one of their renowned creations for FREE! Use this coupon for a free taco with purchase of a burrito. Hey, that’s no sacrifice! Three locations: UNM, South Valley, West Side.

It’s late, we’re tired, and that’s it! 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


Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 6/26/09

June 26, 2009 by  
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Oh, yeeah. It’s the weekend, baby. Eat on the cheap and spend the savings for something more important — like TKTK.

Here are all the food freebies and deals fit to print.

  • Free milkshake: Johnny Rocket’s at Route 66 Casino Hotel offers this coupon for a free shake when you purchase an All-American Burger and fries. Yum! West of Albuquerque on I-40.
  • $1 off coupon: We missed A&W’s free root beer float promotion last week, so here’s a bit of a do-over. Print this coupon for $1 off an A&W Texas Toast combo meal. Expires 7/25/09. Three locations.
  • Free chocolate cake: Mmm. Chocolate. Enjoy a complimentary slice of chocolate cake, courtesy of Macaroni Grill. Expires 7/20/09. Winrock Center area.
  • Free appetizer: Get a free Baby Blossom or Cheese Fries appetizer with this Texas Roadhouse coupon. Valid with purchase of an adult entrée. Expires 6/30/09. Near San Mateo & I-25.
  • Free kids’ meal: Boston Market ran a coupon promo for Father’s Day that’s good until 6/30/09. Kids: color this coupon and present it for a free kids’ meal with purchase of an individual adult meal. Considerable fine print; be sure to read all of it! Three locations, all east of I-25.
  • Free pizza: By which, we mean: free whole pizza. Use this Papa Murphy’s coupon to receive a free pizza when you purchase two. Seven locations throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo.
  • Free chocolate: Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act gives you the chance to get a coupon for a free candy bar every Friday during the summer. Limit 4 coupons per entrant throughout the entire promotion. Maximum 250,000 coupons provided each Friday. The contest begins at 7:00am Mountain time, so don’t delay. Those free candy bar coupons are sure to go fast!
  • Free food on your birthday: The Frugal Mom put together a list of all the restaurants that offer birthday promos. Bookmark it!

That’s all we could find this week. Be sure to alert us to any local dining deals you spot while out and about. And, many thanks to Ron for scouting great printable coupons online and then forwarding them to us! We sincerely appreciate the help.

–Elizabeth Hanes


Friday Food Freebies & Deals for 6/5/09

June 5, 2009 by  
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We already fed you some great food freebies earlier in the week, but we’ve still stuffed this issue with as much gastronomical goodness as we can find!

  • Free appetizer or dessert: Trombino’s Bistro Italiano will send you a certificate for freebies on your birthday and anniversary when you sign up for their mailing list. Northeast heights.
  • Kids eat free or cheap list organized by day of week: Thanks to Patricia for sending this link to a huge list at FrugalLivingTV. We don’t know how up-to-date the list is, and we strongly recommend verifying these deals before heading to the restaurant!
  • Free house brew or mango ice tea: Satellite Coffee is celebrating their new menu by offering this coupon, valid at all locations. Expires 6/15/09.
  • BOGO entreés: Lotus Café is offering several dining coupons, including buy one entreé get one half off, $3 off lunch or dinner OR free dumplings, and $7 off purchase of two entreés and two drinks. 5505 Osuna Rd NE.
  • 20% off: La Provence Brasserie offers this coupon good for 20% off your food purchase. Certificate appears to be good any day of the week, not valid on alcoholic beverages. No expiration date noted. UNM area.
  • Free cupcake: Slate Street Café is running this coupon in New Mexico MarketPlace for a free cupcake (up to 2 per table) with each dinner entreé. Can you say yum? Downtown.
  • $10 off lunch or dinner: Scalo Northern Italian Grill offers this coupon good for $10 off the purchase of any two entreés plus beverages. Nob Hill.
  • Half price ice cream: Great for Ben & Jerry lovers! Score ten $5 gift certificates for just $25 — half price. These babies don’t expire until 12/31/09, so you can enjoy half price B&J for six long months. Not valid on pints and quarts or other “take out” items. Northeast heights and west side.

That’s it for this week, folks! Know of a great food freebie or deal? Use our Submit Your Deal form!

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–Elizabeth Hanes


Friday Food Freebies & Deals for 5/15/09

May 15, 2009 by  
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Who is ready for the weekend?? Let’s all get out there and have a great time on the cheap!

We’re awash in dining deals this week. Here are our faves:

  • Free slice of pie: participating New Mexico Village Inns are offering a free slice of pie coupon, good with adult entreé purchase through 5/31/09. Includes restaurants in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Farmington.
  • $10 off food purchase of $20 or more: Buca di Beppo is pulling out all the stops to get your business! This $10 off coupon is good through 5/19/09 and covers any food purchase. Plus, Buca’s sangria is back. We sampled it last week, and it was great!
  • Free appetizer: Los Equipales, which is one of our faves for authentic Mexican food, offers a free appetizer coupon on its website. Check it out!
  • $25 dining certificates for $3: the latest promotion is a doozy. Save 70% off. Use code TASTY at checkout and hit “apply” to claim your discount! Selection includes 17 restaurants in the northern half of New Mexico alone! Note: this offer expires 5/16/09.
  • BOGO combo plate: Little Anita’s offers a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free combination plate PLUS free chips and salsa. Valid Sunday through Thursday only. There’s also a coupon for free sopaipillas with purchase. ¡Olé!
  • BOGO burgers: If fast food’s your thang, Carl’s Jr. offers buy-one-get-one-free coupons for charbroiled chicken sandwich, Six Dollar Burger, and Western bacon cheeseburger. We say, “Yum!”
  • FREE Orange Julius Light Smoothie: This is a little ways off, but print it now so you don’t forget. Two Orange Julius/Dairy Queen locations in Albuquerque: Coronado Mall and westside.

Have a great, safe, fun weekend!

–Elizabeth Hanes and Jeanni Sintas
Your editorial team


Free Appetizer with Purchase: Texas Roadhouse

April 29, 2009 by  
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Looking for an interesting gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? Texas Roadhouse now offers gift cards customized with any image you choose to put on it. So, you can give Mom a gift card emblazoned with your own happy, shiny faces. Too cool! (And who doesn’t love the gift of free dining?)

Right now, for every gift card you purchase, you’ll receive a free Baby Blossom or Rattlesnake Bites appetizer. Add it to Mom’s gift or hoard it for yourself — she’ll never know what a selfish brat she raised!

You’ll find the Texas Roadhouse in Albuquerque at 5900 Pan American (it’s easiest to sneak up on it by turning west off San Mateo), and there’s also a location in Las Cruces at 2200 E Lohman Ave, Suite 400.

–Elizabeth Hanes