CLEVELAND - Looking for cheap produce, flowers, and dining out experience? Joe the Coupon Guy breaks down the deals this week.
Farmers markets are popular on the weekend. You can find fresh produce at cheap prices because there are fewer transportation costs. Sometimes you can even negotiate the listed price. It's best to know your prices before you hit a farmers market so you know if you're really getting a good deal compared to the grocery store.
Also, Joe suggested you buy flowers off the clearance rack. He found perennials worth $3.33 for just a $1. Fuschia hanging baskets for $5 and a six pack of annuals for 50-cents at Lowe's. Sometimes the flowers are not in bloom, because they are past their prime for the season. Joe still buys them because most big box home improvement stores offer a one year guarantee. Keep your receipt and if they don't bloom next year, get your money back.
Joe's also noticed changes with Restaurant.com. It's a site that allows you to buy vouchers for restaurants at deep discount. Sometimes you can buy a $25 gift certificate for $1. That's because there are promotional codes throughout the year that offer 80-90% savings. However, Joe said the savings have been averaging just 60% recently. Still look for the savings, because it's still a good deal but you may not save as much as you used to save.
Also, read the fine print. Some Restaurant.com gift certificates are only good certain days of the week and may or may not include alcoholic beverages. It's always a good idea to give the server the certificate before you order so you know the stipulations.
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