"You Know Your Father is a 'Super Saver' When …": How to Spot a Deal-Savvy Dad

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Restaurant.com Celebrates Dad's Cravings for Savings in Honor of Father's Day

Father's Day is a time to remember that special dad in your life and celebrate everything that he taught you, including how to save your hard earned money

When it comes to saving money, most fathers "think" they know best. Many dads are an unlimited source of financial advice and deserve recognition for their efforts. But just how dedicated is dad to finding good deals? This Father's Day, Restaurant.com has identified some extreme ways fathers suggest getting more value for less cost.

"Father's Day is a time to remember that special dad in your life and celebrate everything that he taught you, including how to save your hard earned money," said Cary Chessick, president and CEO of Restaurant.com. "Even if your dad's savings tips seem a bit overboard or even strange, remember that he has your financial future in mind."

Restaurant.com surveyed its staff to gather sensational stories about their own dads' savings advice. As a result, the company has selected some standout savings strategies of those dads who are truly dedicated to saving money and finding value. Restaurant.com proudly presents, "You Know Your Father is a 'Super Saver' When…":

  • He considers an open window to be the only form of air conditioning. No need to waste expensive energy on the AC when you have perfectly good windows! It could be 110 degrees and he'll argue that if you stand still enough, you'll feel a cool breeze.
  • He turns his socks inside out for maximum use. He believes that a sock has two perfectly good sides. Instead of throwing every pair into the wash, he will conserve detergent by reversing them after use for some smelly savings.
  • He considers a sprinkler in the yard the same thing as a trip to a water park. No need to spend gas money and admission fees when he can set up his own water wonderland in the backyard for the kids on a hot day. Plus, the lawn appreciates the drink!
  • He brings a plastic bag to an "all-you-can-eat" buffet. He takes the invitation to eat "all-you-can" very seriously and always makes sure he brings a few rolls and a couple of cookies home in the plastic bag he has folded in his wallet.
  • He gives pieces of wisdom instead of cash for a weekly allowance. After Junior finishes mowing the lawn, instead of getting a few bucks as a reward, dad will give him some words of advice--something far more useful than pocket change.
  • He believes that cars are like wine and only get better with age. Dad recently passed the 200,000 mile milestone with good ole' Betsy. He refuses to remove the tape deck, so he has been listening to his "economical" mix since 1989.
  • He views all major purchases as negotiable. Take a refrigerator purchase for example. Dad not only compares prices across the Internet but also knows the manufacturer's suggested retail and wholesale costs for more "bargaining power."
  • He uses "range balls" on the real golf course. He has worked on his golf game for years and is tired of losing new golf balls. A bucket of golf balls from the driving range goes a long way and eliminates any worries about hazards.
  • He only uses conditioner when available within shampoo. He appreciates generic brands and purchases the largest possible size, which requires extra shelf space. He can make the supply last for the better part of a year by adding water.
  • He only attends matinee movies. Forget about movie going in the evening. Movies always come before dinner as dad cuts ticket prices in half by catching films before taking advantage of discounts and specials when dining out.

In honor of Father's Day, Restaurant.com is asking people to share their own ways dads can save by submitting descriptions to its Facebook page. Restaurant.com will also run exclusive sales on top of $25 gift certificates that are normally available for $10, to help dads everywhere experience more savings for dining. Restaurant.com offers more than 29,000 gift certificate options, available "24/7," for 15,000 restaurants nationwide. Visit http://www.Restaurant.com and join the free email list to receive notices about sale promotions.

"No matter how much your dad may like to save, Restaurant.com offers affordable gift options that every family can enjoy this Father's Day," said Chessick. "Take dad out to enjoy a good meal and share savings tips, and memories, over dinner."

About Restaurant.com
Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. The company offers savings at more than 15,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 29,000 daily gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and -served meals at affordable prices. To date, Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $100 million through the gift certificate program. Restaurant.com has operated since 1999 and is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.


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