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Don't Waste Your Money: When freebies aren't free

(WTOL) - It is very common for restaurants to offer freebies as a way of bringing in customers. It may be a free dessert on someone's birthday, or a free appetizer when someone likes them on Facebook.

With so many restaurants competing for the dining dollar, freebies are one way of getting customers in the door. The consumer website Mouse Print showed in a new report, some of those freebies require consumers to spend more money to get the deal.

For example, a recent e-mail from T.G.I. Friday's to its best customers offered a coupon for a "free entree on us." The only problem was the coupon said buy one entree get one free, with the purchase of an appetizer. Is that really free? 
According to Mouse Print, a second e-mail from T.G.I. Friday's said free entree, but the coupon in the e-mail said, "Buy one entree and get the second at half price."
A spokesperson for T.G.I. Friday's told Mouse Print the second e-mail had an incorrect subject line, and apologized for any confusion.

Doesn't that stink?

From the doesn't that stink file: the disappearing BOGO. BOGO traditionally meant buy one get one free, but to more and more stores and restaurants, it now means get the second one at half price, not free. If you are not expecting that, you may ask, "Doesn't that stink?"

With some mail-order BOGOs, you still have to pay shipping and handling, which can stink even more.

So with any freebie, check the fine print for what you may need to do in order to cash it in. That way you're not disappointed, and you don't waste your money.

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