is it worth it??
It's funny that I just saw this thread...I JUST finished updating our "discount gift certificate" Excel spreadsheet that my husband and I keep on our computer. We often purchase discounted GCs and then keep track of them (amount, proximity to a movie theater as it's often part of "date night", expiration date, etc.). We will often plan our evenings out around one of the GCs we have.
Is it worth it? IMHO, absolutely as long as you are strict with yourself about following some guidelines. YMMV but for me, those guidelines include:
1. Buy from a reputable site
2. Be aware of the restrictions of the GC. Some can't be used on weekends or have other restrictions. Definitely be aware of the expiration date and your own schedule.
3. Make sure it's a place that you WANT to eat. 50% off of a place that is not good food is truly not worth it when you can find many other inexpensive places to eat.
4. See #3 again. It can't be overstated. You can get lulled into buying something "on sale" easily but if it isn't something you really want, can use, or will use, it's money down the drain.
5. If I see a good deal I do some homework...my first stop is usually Chowhound if it's not a restaurant I'm familiar with.
6. Be sure the discount is worth it...if the place is more expensive than you'd usually spend for dining and the discount is paltry, you'll end up spending more out of pocket than you want.
We currently have GCs to Bergamot, Pescatore, Savino's, Dante, Bambara, and Ball Square Cafe in our coffers! They may not all be 100% Chowhound approved but they work for us in the above guidelines!
158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
Ball Square Cafe
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141
449 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478
I recently posted about the 1/2 price deals on WRKO; WZLX and NECN and definitely think it's worth it. How do you go wrong with $100 certificates for $50 or $50 certificates for $25? You should check the details as there are a few restaurants that don't let you use it for alcohol, but most do. Recent purchases have included Abby Park; MJ O'Connors; Finz and Tavern at Granite Links. When I use the certificates I don't feel guilty about splurging on a more expensive bottle of wine. About the only risk I see is if the restaurant were to close but that can happen when you buy a certificate full price. Some of these sites also offer 1/2 price at local golf courses. Check it out.
550 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186
i got a half price $50 certificate for $25 for Scampo - lunch only. It was from the WROR weekly "Big Deal". It was awesome - I took a friend and we split the lobster pizza and salad, and the restauran couldn't have been nicer about it! I since have been taking advantage of more of these deals. I like Groupon.
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114