Giveaway: $100 worth of Restaurant.com cards.

Earlier this week I said the giveaway would be either a book or something warm and cozy. But every time I flipped a coin, it came up “$100 worth of Restaurant.com cards.”

This week’s giveaway is courtesy of two sites:

  • MyBargainBuddy.com, run by the lovely and talented Karen Hoxmeier, whose motto is “Never pay full price again” (what a nice idea!)
  • Savings.com, the fabulous deal site that invited me to the SaveUp 2010 conference in Chicago. (Thanks again to all of you who voted for me. I am now a DealPro — this video proves it.)

Each contributed $50 worth of cards so that some lucky reader can have cheap chow. That could be you —  so enter, already. Here’s how:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Monday, Jan. 3.


  1. Wow! Great giveaway.

  2. I follow you on Facebook.

  3. Katherine

    I subscribe via RSS.

  4. How awesome! We’re going to be cutting out budget in mega ways as I look to possibly stay home with the little one. As that will include nixing eating out, this would be a nice treat to help us stay on track!

  5. I subscribe via google reader

  6. Very nice way to get 2011 going!

  7. Ernestina

    My biscuits are burning! My biscuits are burning!

  8. What a fun giveaway!

  9. Just found you through GRS. I love giveaways.

  10. Just subsribed on my google reader.

  11. Caroline Rogers

    I subscribe via RSS.

  12. I’m subscribing via RSS.

  13. Caroline Rogers

    Eating out? What’s that? 😉 Would love to win! Thanks

  14. Cathy Sullivan

    Thanks for the link to MyBargainBuddy. I get your rss feed on my google homepage.

  15. What a great thing it is to eat out on someone else’s dime. good luck to every one.

  16. I just added you to my RSS reader. I love to eat out.

  17. Sign me up! Thank you.

  18. Facebook, too.

  19. We use these coupons all the time. This is an awesome giveaway!

  20. you mean mcdonalds is not a restaurant. Put me in.

  21. Found this site through Get Rich Slowly… great giveaway!

  22. Food, glorious food! Oh great random number generator, how I love thee!

  23. I just visit regularly. Sorry not hooked up very much.

  24. We’ve cut our budget way back, so eating out is a very rare treat. A gift card would be a great plus!

  25. Love the website, Donna. I was just following you on MSN money and in the message boards, but I have been on your site pretty regularly the past few months and am now following you on Facebook! :o)

  26. A meal out! Sounds wonderful!

  27. Oh! And I just subscribed on email!

  28. Free food, what could be better?

  29. I just added you to my Google reader after following you over from Get Rich Slowly, and am enjoying reading through your archives. Also: I enjoy food. :-)

  30. Would love to use these to keep our entertainment budget down this coming year…

  31. And yes, I’m subscribed to your listserv…

  32. I’ve been entering your contests all year. Isn’t it time I won something?

  33. Would be a treat to go out for Valentine’s Day….since the eating out budget will be non-existent in the new year!

  34. would love to win

  35. I follow via google reader

  36. Josephine

    wow nice!!

  37. Josephine

    rss, yay!

  38. wow! what a great giveaway!

  39. i subscribe via email and rss

  40. i follow on twitter (@oshkoshbgosh123) and facebook

  41. I subscribe by email. I also follow on Facebook and MSN.com.

  42. Diana Bombach

    I use restaurant.com all the time–it’s great!

  43. Diana Bombach

    I subscribe via reader.

  44. Yahoo ! Please enter me for the drawing

  45. Who can pass up a free entry? :-)

  46. I’m subscribed via RSS (Google Reader).

  47. I’m also a Twitter follower.

  48. Christine

    I follow on facebook.

  49. I would love to win

  50. I subscribe by email

  51. I follow you on twitter @drmomoftwo

  52. Let’s eat!

  53. I could definitely use these!

  54. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  55. I subscribe via email
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  56. Nice giveaway! Would definitely help next year when my eating out budget is strictly watched!

  57. I’m new to twitter and still learning how it all works, but I just followed you! I am @everydayvibrant

  58. I just signed up for your email feed! Everydayvibrancy at gmail dot com!

  59. April Burger

    I look forward to your email updates and love the stories of your travels.

  60. I feel like a winner!

  61. Yum ME

  62. Thanks for writing- love your blog =)

  63. Love restaurant.com! I want to win!

  64. Love your site, love smart spending, love living with less

  65. What a great giveaway! :)

  66. I follow you on Twitter.

  67. And subscribe in a reader.

  68. What a great prize this would be!

  69. Melissa Allison

    I follow you on Twitter!


  70. Melissa Allison

    I “like” you on Facebook!


  71. Melissa Allison

    I subscribed via email! :)

  72. Melissa Allison

    Please enter me! I’d love to have a “free” night out with my hubby (ok, besides paying for a babysitter for 5 kids! lol)

  73. Yes, feed me please.

  74. I subscribe via e-mail as well.

  75. would love to win! Happy new Year

  76. FB friend

  77. I receive your emails

  78. You are an inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win such a generous giveaway! Happy New Year!

  79. Carol the long winded

    Love restaurant.com!

  80. Carol the long winded

    Follow on Facebook

  81. Carol the long winded

    and twitter

  82. subscribed via email

  83. Found out from JD’s site that you lived in AK. Do you think the same frugality tips are available in places like AK that have higher cost of living?

    • Donna Freedman

      @Amanda: Many of the same tips will work — you just won’t save quite as much. Does that make sense? For example, it wasn’t until recently that Anchorage got a Walgreens, with its free-after-rebate stuff, and it doesn’t have CVS or Rite Aid. Grocery-store choices are relatively limited, too, and you don’t have cheap farmer’s-market produce the way some cities do.
      General frugal practices work wherever you are, however.
      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment.

  84. Haidee LeClair

    I subscribed via RSS. I also read your work on GRS. Happy New Year!

  85. I enjoy reading your blog and would love to win these gift cards!

  86. …and I subscribe via RSS.

  87. I’m a fb friend.

  88. I always read you blog everyday. You have great advise.

  89. Victoria Fox

    Eating out would be different, since I cook at home every day. Very nice prize:)

  90. Victoria Fox

    I also found that Savings.com is like a whole new world:)

  91. Victoria Fox

    I subscribe via facebook:)

  92. Victoria Fox

    I also subscribe via e-mail:)

  93. I love your blog!

  94. email subscriber

  95. Love restaurant.com
    receive blog by email.

  96. Aunt Jenny

    The Hubs and I use Restaurant.com a lot and have had good luck with it! I would love to win and could sure use a night out :)

    Happy New Year all!

  97. I love your blog, your insight and wisdom and sticktoitness in saving as money as you can while living the lifestyle YOU want. I would love those gift cards!!

  98. I also follow you on FB

  99. Pick Me Please!!!!!!!!

  100. hi donna! great idea for a giveaway surprize, yummy yummy.

  101. I follow you by email.

  102. I also follow you via facebook.

  103. Wow, what a huge contest! Happy new year!

  104. Wow, I think this is your best giveaway yet! Thank you!

  105. As a frugalista I don’t eat out much. It would be fun to have these cards. Great blog by the way and congrats.

  106. Lauren R

    Hi, Donna–I’ve been reading your blogs for a while, but never “followed” you. Following you now on Twitter! Best for the New Year!

  107. I liked your page on Facebook but don’t twitter. When I win are the restaurants who participate on restaurants.com?

  108. Sheri Grissom

    I follow you by email – would love to eat out this month!

  109. This is a great contest, I’d love to be able to treat my Mom to a nice dinner out when her chemo is done, and my boyfriend once he’s over the flu!

  110. I love using Restaurant.com; great giveaway!

  111. Phil Erickson

    A nice giveaway; thanks!!! Happy New Year and keep up the writing!

  112. What a wonderful giveaway!!!! Happy New Year!

  113. Devon lowery

    What a great giveaway, I hope I win! Happy new year!

  114. Veronica

    Wow, hard to beat cheap chow!! Thanks for your giveaways!

  115. Yay for free food! Thank you :)

  116. Also a facebook fan

  117. Kerry Lively

    I just found you on GRS! I think this is a good start to 2011!

  118. I would love some Restaurant.com gift cards! With their $25 for $2 sales, this would go a long way.

  119. I just discovered your blog via Get Rich Slowly. Thank you for the giveaway!

  120. I subscribe via email.

  121. I follow on twitter.

  122. Thank you and happy new year!

  123. I just found your blog recently, and I’m enjoying the archives.

  124. I love eating out. It’s my weakness.

  125. Yummy! I like free food. Sign me up.

  126. I follow via email. Thanks for this giveaway.

  127. Hi Donna, love your blog!

  128. Don’t forget me!

  129. I subscribe by email!!

  130. And I stalk you on Facebook!
    Ummm, check out my Facebook page to see what I did to my neighbor. I will be warm in my afterlife.

  131. Thanks for the dining opportunity!

  132. …I follow via RSS. Love Google Reader!

  133. I’m following you on twitter, Facebook and receiving RSS feeds. I first head about you through the GetRichSlowly website and I want to learn your ways. I’m so excited to learn more from you about how to save!

  134. It’s Monday and I don’t feel like being at work….send me to lunch!

  135. Susan Holbrook

    Happy New Year Donna…would love to win the coupons. I hope 2011 brings you great happiness and much success….Take care…

  136. Love the giveaway, I am a SAHM so we can’t afford to eat out very often – looking forward to reading more of your blog in 2011! Happy New Year.

  137. Welcome back Donna, and see you soon. Geez, some people just come and go whenever…:)
    Sorry about the weather following you. Now, if you want good weather, head in my direction. It’s not 30 degrees in south Florida anymore.

    Oh, and if I get a restaurant certificate, dinner’s on me. 😉

  138. Found this post with an hour to spare on the deadline! I just subscribed via facebook.

  139. meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    Oh cool! Please count me in!Thanks!

  140. meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    feed subscriber

  141. meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    follow on twitter@meeyeehere

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