Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Buying a Bargain Burger

Can you get a first-class burger (with fries) in a nicely maintained restaurant with good service for a third off the menu price? Yes you can. But you need the right qualifications and a proper alignment of incentives to pull it off.

A nearby Applebee's is our dining spot of choice when we want to enjoy a reasonably priced meal in a pleasant place. Our food selection normally is something a little more elegant than one of the seven
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varieties of hamburgers on the menu. But recently everything aligned so amazingly well, I just had to go for one.

I chose the "American Standard," otherwise less grandly known as a cheeseburger, priced on the menu at $9.99. However, our dine out date happened to be a Monday, and while we were planning it along came an Applebee's ad proclaiming every Monday evening "$5.99 Burger Night."

I asked the waitress if that included the burger I wanted. "Oh yes," she said. "It's all of them."

Every Monday at Applebee's has been "Veteran's Day" for some time. All vets, and I am one, get a 30 percent discount on all food items all day long. I assumed two simultaneous big discounts weren't going to apply, but asked anyway just for fun. "Yes," she said, "you get the Vet discount too." So my $9.99 burger magically became a $4.19 item before it even was plopped on the grill.

But that's not all. I paid the bill with a gift card purchased at a 20 percent discount using a credit card that gave me a 1 percent cash back bonus. So my $9.99 goodie cost me a net $3.31. With a deal like that, I might have to become a Monday night fixture at Applebee's. Of course, after a month or two on a burger regime I might not fit through the door.

Really, I'm not quite as cheap as all this sounds. I did tip that helpful server on the regular $9.99 amount plus drink and tax.

10 comments:

Jhawk23 said...

GG, you have definitely found a real bargain. Worth repeating, as you say, IF it's a really good burger. How was it?

Dick Klade said...

The burger was delicious.

Tom Sightings said...

Pretty soon they'll be paying YOU to get the burger! A like Appleby's; but I cannot get B in the door. She won't go there. I don't know why. We go to Chilis instead ... it might have something to do with the Margaritas.

Dick Klade said...

A well-made Margarita quite possibly is as good an enticement as a fistful of discount coupons.

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PiedType said...

If that burger was even half-way decent, I'd be there every Monday. I like a good, greasy-spoon diner type burger (which is hard to find these days), crunchy on the outside, pink in the middle, and greasy enough to run down to my elbows. Of course it must be accompanied by superb greasy fries. ... oink, oink ...

The government, in its infinite wisdom, banned the beef fat that made fries good, and required that all burgers be cooked at least to medium, thus turning them into dry, tasteless cardboard. Lord knows what the meal will look like now that transfats have been banned. I predict blackmarket transfat foods streaming across our border in the near future ...

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I can't eat burgers, but our local Applebees carries weight watchers items.

Big John said...

I recently ordered a burger at my local pub and the barman asked what drink would I like with it. Yes, to my surprise, it came with a free pint. Now that's what I call a real deal !

Dick Klade said...

Any offer of free beer always has been among my favorite deals!

Kay said...

This is so cool! I wish we had an Applebees in Hawaii.