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Published October 25th 2012
How to eat for free and with generous discounts
Yes, you can eat out and for free, however there is usually a small catch. I'm sure you have heard the concept of, 'buy one, get one free', hence the catch. However, it is all about knowing how to get the 'buy one, get one free' offers and how to do it well.
So lets' have a look at the 3 main ways of how you can access these offers.
1: Best place for these direct offers is shopadocket.com.au. Go to this website, select your preferences, cafes or restaurants and enter your postcode. (or postcode of the suburb you might like to look at for any deals). Offers include, meals, coffee and cakes, overall discounts and all sorts of 'money saving' options.
2:Grocery Dockets - keep checking your grocery dockets as these are an excellent source of ever changing offers. Sometimes they disappear and reappear, so keep looking. The best offers are usually from the big two - Coles and Woolworths, however look for offers at IGA and your local stores.
Offers are often seasonal, so you will often find towards the end of the year close to Christmas and holiday times, the offers are less frequent and/or not as generous. Heading back into the beginning of the year, businesses need to draw more customers in, they then roll out more offers during this time.
3: Entertainment Book - This book of offers has over 150 pages of around 3 offers on each page. The catch on this one is that you do have to buy the book. (approx $65)
However, you shouldn't mind paying, as it is excellent value and the book has raised funds for many charities and organisations. It gets you out and about to experience a variety of places and food for much less than you would normally pay.
The Entertainment book offers two types of offers, these are, buy one get one free and a discount (normally around 25%).
There is one great secret with this book that I am aware of, and that is Rocklily Restaurant, a Brisbane example (Zillmere), has featured for many years in this book as a 'gold card' restaurant that doesn't scratch the number off your card. What this means is you can keep going back for your 'buy one get one free'. And from recommendation - it is a great place with consistently good food, up there in the 'fine dining' category for a suburban location.
I'm sure there are a few more golden secrets - so if you know about them, please share!
Often local suburban pubs that do well, have offers similar to these, however they are not always advertised, but you can find them on their 'website' for those that take the time to look.
NOTE: that anything mentioned in reference to 'offers' are always subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, some of these offers may only be valid Monday to Friday. Most Entertainment book vouchers are valid during the weekend as well.