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Old 03-08-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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I'm about to buy a house in a few months, and need to pay attention to my spending. Since I work and attend college full time, I don't have as much time at the apartment as I'd like to cook. Can anyone provide, or moreso recommend, any values/deals on any places in town? It could be as simple as a fast food place or a nice restaurant.

For example:
Sonic on Tuesdays have 1/2 price cheeseburgers.

I can't find a good list online, but hopefully this can help people save money when eating out is necessary or desired.

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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Well, not so much the fast foods, but I have found if you go to HEB about 7:30am to shop, they normally have marked down any meats for the day.

I got two of those WONDERFUL HEB Prime Rib's for 1/2 price...and my freezer works fine!

Hope this helps!

Oh yea, Papa Murphy has good (and cheap) pizza, but has specials and you get a $2 off coupon in each one...(their veggie is GREAT!)
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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The best way to save money is to eat in, not out. Its healthier too. HEBs weekly specials are posted on their website. Sun Harvests are as well. Its very easy to make meals on the weekend, freeze them, and then heat them up for week night dinners.

I also work full time and I'm in graduate school part-time (6 hrs), and I make dinner 5 nights a week and make sure that we have food for the other two nights for my husband to fix while I'm at class.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:32 PM
 
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I'd highly recommend looking into some cookbooks that focus on mid-week quick meals.

Sonic cheeseburgers once a week will not only add pounds to your body but all sorts of other bad things to you. In the end, eating out will be more costly than eating in, both on your body and your wallet.
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Old 03-08-2008, 08:10 PM
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Super Target stores usually have clearance markdowns on meat that's about to expire. Ditto the sentiment above about the freezer, since these meats will freeze just fine.

WalMart Supercenters have clearance bakery items on a cart near the dairy section. Cookies and bread freeze well, but you might draw the line at cakes and pies. (WalMart haters, please keep your weapons holstered for this thread. Thanks. )

The earlier in the day you shop, the better the selection of both of the above items.

I've found clearance deals at HEB stores to be very hit-and-miss, almost not worth seeking out.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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I do like the HEB combo loco and meal deals...as long as you like/need the item featured, of course. If there is an item included that we don't use, I can always give it to the food bank collection at church.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:55 AM
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LOL@ all the mother hens!! I know, it's our instinct to "protect" and "look out for" the young-uns, but he's asking for RESTAURANT specials!!

Do they still have Taco Sunday at Taco Bell? Last time we did that, the tacos were 49 cents, and the eatin' was good!
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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LOL@ all the mother hens!! I know, it's our instinct to "protect" and "look out for" the young-uns, but he's asking for RESTAURANT specials!!

Do they still have Taco Sunday at Taco Bell? Last time we did that, the tacos were 49 cents, and the eatin' was good!
You are SO right....LOL!

In that case, the BEST deal you can get is buy a COSTCO membership and wander around aimlessly all weekend eating at their sample stands for free!
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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We just got a membership at Costco last week, spent way more than we planned on and now we will be eating lots of meatballs and chicken pot pies. I did get a huge container of chicken bouillon. Guess what we are having tonight? Chix noodle soup!
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Oh my gosh! A Costco membership-perfect! My mother-in law, who is 88 and notoriously hard to buy for, received a gift certificate from us to Costco and she has been spending it on their hotdogs-$1.50 for a hot dog and soda. I'm thinking that gift certificate is going to last her a loooonnnngggg time!
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