Did you know there are lots of local restaurants that offer discounts and free food? Before you head out to eat, go to a restaurant’s website to sign up for coupons using an email address just for coupons and offers. Having a special email will keep your personal and professional email organized. Many area restaurants also offer reward programs. Here are a few:

TGIFridays: “Give Me More Stripes” Rewards. This free program offers a variety of rewards. When you join, you will get a certificate emailed to you for a free dessert or appetizer. You will also get a “Jump the Line” Pass, which means you can go on a busy night and use the printed pass to bypass the waiting patrons and get seated in minutes. You will receive one stripe for each $1 spent (excludes alcohol, gift card purchases and gratuity). Stripes earn free food and a variety of discounts. Throughout the year, the restaurant will send special offers, including on your birthday. Go to www.tgifridays.com.

Chili’s Bar and Grill: “My Chili’s Rewards” is now set up with Plenti, a a new program that recently started. You earn food based on your visits! For all the details of this free program, go to www.chilis.com.

Panera Bread: “My Panera” Rewards offers complimentary food based on purchases. If you buy sandwiches often, you may receive a discount or an offer for a free sandwich. Special offers vary depending on how many times you visit and what you purchase. For specific details, go to www.panerabread.com.

Genghis Grill, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza, El Chico’s and Logan’s Roadhouse also offer reward programs.

Red Lobster,  Texas Roadhouse, Applebees and Olive Garden don’t have rewards programs, but do offer coupons when you sign up online.

Other restaurants offer reward programs for a small fee, increasing rewards to members, but they’re only ideal for patrons who visit them frequently.

For example, Pluckers offers the “Pluckers Club,” with a wide variety of benefits. For a fee, you, your significant other and your kids can get free meals on their birthdays. You get 1 point for each $1 spent to used toward future food purchases. You also receive special offers via email and text message. Review all the benefits at www.Pluckers.com.

So check out the rewards programs at your favorite restaurants!

Jennise "Savealotmom" Colin-Ventura | 254-501-7515 | jennise@kdhnews.com | facebook.com/savealotmom | instagram @jensavealotmom

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