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What’s a ‘staycation’?

With the rising price of gas and airline tickets, many of us can’t afford to travel long distances for vacation. Try the alternative – a staycation. Staycations – just like they sound – are stay at home vacations.

One of my favorite staycations took place last fall. We visited the local zoo, the beach, a maritime museum, a casino, and tried two new restaurants. All of this was accomplished on a budget and using coupon deals.

Check out these money-saving sources when planning your next staycation.

  • Restaurant.com provides deeply discounted restaurant certificates to eateries in your own backyard. Read more about Restaurant.com in one of my recent blog posts.
  • Groupon offers discounts to many attractions in your area including sporting events, winery tours, and amusement parks. Visit their website to search by zipcode for deals near you.
  • Entertainment.com serves as a large database of printable 2-for-1 coupons to restaurants and attractions. You must subscribe to their online catalog to access the coupons.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Staycations allow you to discover treasures in your own backyard, like this WPA-era tower at our local zoo.

A staycation allowed me to discover treasures in my own backyard, like this WPA-era tower at the local zoo.

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$5 for a $25 Restaurant.com certificate

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

They’re currently offering a $25 gift certificate for $5.

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are $5 until May 3, 2013. Use the code CINCO at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago’s Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Hurry! Restaurant.com sale ends today (9/7/12)

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Example deal

Get a $25 certificate for $4

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

Use the code MENU at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago’s Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Restaurant.com 70% off sale – ends 5/10/12

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

-$50 certificate for $14

-$25 certificate for $7

-$10 certificate for $2.80

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are 70% off – or more – until May 10, 2012. Use the code MOM at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago’s Walnut Room has been one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Earth Day Sale at Restaurant.com – ends 4/22/12

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

-$50 certificate for $4

-$25 certificate for $2

-$10 certificate for $1

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are 80% off – or more- until April 22, 2012. Use the code EARTH at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Restaurant.com 80% off sale – ends 3/31/12

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

-$50 certificate for $4

-$25 certificate for $2

-$10 certificate for $1

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are 80% off – or more- until March 31, 2012. Use the code BLOOM at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Restaurant.com 80% off sale – ends 3/21/12

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

-$50 certificate for $4

-$25 certificate for $2

-$10 certificate for $1

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are 80% off – or more- until March 21, 2012. Use the code HURRY at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

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Restaurant.com 80% off sale – ends 2/28/12

Restaurant.com is having another sale! This is a great way to save money on dining during your next vacation. Simply search by city to find participating eateries.

Deals

-$50 certificate for $4

-$25 certificate for $2

-$10 certificate for $1

Learn more

Learn the ins-and-outs of Restaurant.com certificates on my blog, https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/restaurant-com/

Details

The discounted dining certificates are 80% off – or more- until February 28, 2012. Use the code MEMORIES at checkout.

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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Bon Appétit: Upscale dining for under $20 via Restaurant.com

My vacation gastronomy has completely changed since I discovered Restaurant.com, a website offering discounted dining certificates. In the past, I relied on hit-or-miss bargain restaurants outlined in guidebooks. Now, my husband and I eat three-course meals for less than $20 in a city’s most renowned eateries thanks to Restaurant.com. In this post, I share my tips about selecting Restaurant.com certificates.

Wait for the sales

Visit the website and you’ll see that, in general, $50 certificates sell for $25, $25 for $10, and $10 for $5. Although these certificates are an amazing deal, I wait for the 80% or 90% off sales. By using a sale code, I get $25 restaurant certificates for $2! The certificates never expire, so I stock up on favorite restaurants during the sale time. I will send out a notification to blog followers when the sales occur, which is usually once per month.

Buy smart

When shopping for dining certificates, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

1. How many people will be using the certificate? Certain restaurants mandate the purchase of two entrees, which would require you to be dining with a companion.

2. Will you be able to meet the minimum spending requirement? Certificates often specify that you must spend a certain amount of money (a $25 certificate must be used on $35 worth of food, meaning you pay $10 in the end + tip). Check out the restaurant’s online menu and make sure you and your companion(s) will be able to eat $35 worth of food. While the $35 limit is easy to reach at high-end restaurants, it would be tough at a fast food joint.

3. Is the restaurant any good? It’s difficult to pre-select restaurants in an unfamiliar destination. To ensure that I’ll have a great dining experience, I visit Yelp.com. By typing in the name of the restaurant and the city, I’m able to read customer reviews and decide if the certificate is worth purchasing.

Read the fine print

Be sure to thoroughly read the certificate before purchasing. I’ve seen some certificates that are only valid Sunday-Thursday or aren’t valid on alcohol.

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Chicago's Walnut Room is one of the dining establishments featured on Restaurant.com. Photo courtesy of smartdestinations.com

Visit http://www.restaurant.com/ to search for certificates.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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