Food & Drink

Deals cut the cost of eating out

Free food and other surprises? What is better than that?

Many area restaurants offer coupons and specials, and give free food to customers on their birthdays. Last month was my birthday. What a surprise it was to receive greetings from restaurants and a variety of deals for free or discounted food.

Check out Web sites for the national chain restaurants. Many offer the birthday freebies. And, I would love to hear from you on about some of the local restaurant specials that you know of. For example, Jimmy D's East Coast Café at 1395 West Main Street offers a buy-six-get-one-sandwich-free card.

Halloween specials

■ Disney pumpkin stencils.

■ Frisch's Big Boy Halloween coupon books, eight for $1. Each coupon offers a choice of six kids' mini meals.

■ Wendy's Halloween coupon books with 10 coupons, each for a 6-ounce Frosty. $1.

■ McDonald's Halloween coupons, 12 for $1 — three each for a burger, fries, a drink and an ice cream cone.

More freebies

■ Eight free holiday cookie recipes from Wisconsin Cheese.

■ Free step-by-step brochure for preparing perfect pork chops, with recipes and simple tips. From The Daily Pork.

■ Free coffee recipes in 32-page e-collection from Starbucks.

■ Free recipe book from Jiffy mix including nutritional facts and camping recipes.

■ Free "Holiday Classics with a Twist" brochure from Land O' Lakes.

■ Free sample of Bertolli's premium sauce in a microwavable pouch.

■ Free Charlie Brown DVD when you buy any 3 bags of Voila or Voila Family Skillets.

■ Free "The Official Team Refreshment Book" for soccer teams from Hansen's all- natural soda. The book contains more than $100 in offers.

■ Free sample Hand Tote from Nature's Bounty with a $1 coupon inside each bag.

■ Free tote bag from Mantra, a values-based company that believes in taking care of the environment.

■ Free A Friend You Can Eat T-Shirt from Swedish Fish.