SOS Giveaway: A Pack of Cards
Children’s fundraisers usually drive me crazy. No, I don’t want a magazine subscription. I don’t want any crappy candy bars or industrially produced cookies full of junk. And the last thing I want is one of those unwieldy “Entertainment Books” full of coupons that I’ll never use.
Well, there’s a new coupon scheme that is hitting the ground in the Capital Region and it’s far less onerous than its predecessors. And the good people from City Dining Cards have been kind enough to supply two decks of their cards. One for me and one for one of you.
Now I know what you are thinking. How can we even trust you to send out the cards when Sabre still hasn’t received her bacon soap? Well, I’m wracked with guilt about that every day. But her bacon soap is safe. I just need to find a box so I can get it in the mail. Dammit, I’ve been busy. Anyway, these cards are small and can just slip into an envelope.
Did I mention they could also save you over $500 at local restaurants?
Whereas the Entertainment Book has many different offers, like buy one get one, free soda with purchase, fifteen percent off when you spend $20, et cetera, the City Dining Cards all have the same deal. You spend $30 in food, you turn in one of your cards, and you get $10 of food removed from your bill.
And they are actually cards. They come in a deck. There are fifty $10 off $30 offers, two freebies (a loaf at Bountiful Bread and a baked good at Honest Weight Food Co-op), and four cards telling you more about the program. That means no big books to lug around and no coupon cutting. Each of these cards fits neatly in a wallet, although it would probably be better if they were credit card sized (they are a little bigger than that).
Plus there is none of that “present coupon to server before ordering” weirdness that comes with some deals. Just give it to the server when you are paying the bill. Although to be fair, there is some fine print:
Each card is redeemable only once. $30 minimum purchase required. One card per party. May only be applied to the food portion of the bill. Cannot be used towards alcohol, tax, tip or combined with other discounts including gift certificates, prix fixe menus, brunch menus, and City Dining Cards: Cocktail Edition. Dine-in only. No cash value. Expires 12/31/13.
Oh, and all 50 of the restaurants included in the deck are locally owned places. No mega chains. No Pizza Hut or Olive Garden or Red Lobster. In fact, if you are a single diner, it can be like your very own restaurant week without all the crappy sub-par food.
Now granted, you aren’t going to interested in all 50 restaurants. And frankly, at some of the restaurants you might struggle to reach the $30 food limit, like Bombers or All Good Bakers (both of whom can be found in the deck). Not to mention the fact that Savannah’s has closed since this pack has been printed.
But $10 off $30 makes Garden Bistro 24 a good deal again, provided that it hasn’t also cut back on its standards to increase profits.
Ordinarily a pack of City Dining Cards would set you back $20. They are available online or at Honest Weight Food Co-op, Mary Jane Books and Bountiful Bread. But this week you can win a pack of them from the FLB.
All you have to do is leave a comment and you are entered to win. Tell me anything. Ask me anything. Draw me some ASCII art. Whatever. If you wanted to share a notable coupon experience good or bad, I think that would be entertaining. But it’s entirely unnecessary. I’m going to choose the winner by random drawing before I go to bed on Thursday night, so we can have winner announced on Friday.
The only rules are no whining. No entering more than once. Entries must use a valid email address (that will not be sold, lent, leased, shared, etc.) so that I can get in contact with you. The winner will also need to share their mailing address with me privately, so I can actually get you the prize.
And that’s it. Good luck.