Giveaway: $10 Restaurant.com Certificate

I am a total foodie, but in the most equal-opportunity way. I love home-cooked meals, greasy spoon diners, upscale bistros, BBQ joints, fish houses, sushi bars, fancy steakhouses, taco stands, and hole-in-the-wall ethnic spots. I post many of my reviews on my food blog, www.nicoleratesit.com.

Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t keep up with food addiction. I clip coupons, get email alerts from my favorite restaurants, take advantage of Twitter freebies, and sometimes I even talk myself into free meals. But recently, I found out about the site Restaurant.com. It’s a site where you get incredible deals on local restaurants, for just a fraction of the price. In this down economy, every business it trying to drive traffic to their product…so why not Restaurateurs?

The typical deals are $10 for a $25 certificate, or $25 for a $50 certificate. However, when you sign up for their email alerts, they give you a code to buy the certificates for even less…even up to 90% off! One of the ways I’m able to travel so often is through the goodness of my friends, and finding ways to eat cheaply on the road. I’ll pack my suitcase with snacks, get a few groceries when I arrive at my destination, and go to restaurants that I can use a certificate. When I went to Florida in January, I got $75 of food credit for less than $10. The only caveat is the terms and conditions of each certificates. There is always a minimum purchase listed (like $35 minimum purchase with use of $25 certificate), and sometimes it’s only valid at lunch or dinner.

And now for the giveaway!!!

I am giving away a code for a $10 Restaurant.com food certificate! The winner will be emailed a code with a link to redeem your certificate on the website. Unfortunately with this particular offer, you will only be able to use it for $10 (without any additional promo code), but you will be amazed at the offerings all over the country.

TO WIN:

Go to restaurant.com, search your ZIP code, and find a restaurant in your area that you’d like to use the winning code at. Then comment on this blog post, telling me which place you’d like to redeem your certificate at, should you win.

FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

Become a follower of www.cuteculturechick.com by clicking on the Google Friend Connect widget on my sidebar

Become a follower of www.nicoleratesit.com by clicking on the Followers widget on the sidebar

Retweet this giveaway on Twitter: RT @cuteculturechick Giveaway: $10 restaurant.com certificate! http://bit.ly/dvAuZ4

Please comment for each entry. Contest ends at 12:00 am MST Monday, March 7th. Bon appetit and good luck!

CCCC March Madness Winner

Drumroll please!
It’s time to announce the CCCC Comment March Madness Champion!

The winner is Mary (aka Quixotic Healer)

A special feature on Mary will be posted in the next week. She is the winner of a custom made care package for caring enough to comment one of more times for most every post of the last three weeks. If you are too impatient to read, here’s a pic of her on my post when we saw Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

Here are the final results:

Mary 31
Lori 28
Lia 27
Misty 15
Kemi 10
Laree 9
Elsja 9
Partner of a Pilot 6
Hizzeather 5
Mandy 4

Three comments: Erin, Gabrielle, Matt, Devri, Rachel N, Janelle
Two comments: Tripacerchick, Wahlee, KC Mom
One comment: Eetmost, Carrie, Anne, Rachel W, Lynsey, M-jed, Jennifer V

Thank you to all who participated! It made me smile each time I got an email pop-up alerting me of another comment. Lori, Lia, and Misty…email me your addresses and I will send you a runner-up consolation prize for all your hard work!

CCCC Comment Madness

The Final Four comment finalists are Lia, Mary, Lori, and Misty….but it’ not too late to win! All are welcome to still participate, but you only have until 12:00 pm Monday to comment to your heart’s content. Winner of a blog bio and custom-made care package will be announced tomorrow night! Who will be the North Carolina, and who will be the Michigan State in this contest? Y’all ready for this?

Elite Eight: Current Standings…and how to bulk up your numbers

Okay folks! Here’s the current top commenters in my CCCC March Madness contest (and yes, I know that it’s April now – the Final Four is in Detroit this weekend)

Lia 18
Mary 18
Lori 16
Misty 12
Kemi 9
Laree 6
Partner of a Pilot 6
Hizzeather 4

Those with 3 comments: Devri, Elsja, Mandy, Janelle
Those with 2 comments: Wahlee, Rachel N, Gabrielle, Rachel W, KC Mom, Silvie, Tripacerchick, Erin
Those with 1 comment: Lynsey, M-Jed, Jennifer V, Liberal Mormon

Behind in the rankings, but still want to win? Here’s your chance! Your can leave lots of good karma comments! Post either a fun memory we have together, talk about your favorite blog posting of mine, or an ego-stroking compliment for me. Feel free to leave multiple comments on this one, as long as it has substance. Make sure each one is genuine and more than just “You’re really nice” or “Have a great summer,” like those comments from my yearbook that I roll my eyes at.

CCCC March Madness Current Standings

For those participating in my CCCC March Madness contest, here are the current comment standings as of 1:00 pm EST. We’re into the sweet sixteen!

Quixotic Healer 7
Lia 7
Lori 6
Kemi 4
Laree 3
Devri 3
Misty 3
Erin 2
Tripacerchick 2

(Those with one comment: Janelle, KC Mom, M-Jed, Elsja, Jennifer V, Hizzeather, Liberal Mormon, PartnerOfAPilot)

March Madness – CCCC edition


Hello friends, readers and blog stalkers!

Today begins March Madness – and as much as some love the NCAA…this March Madness is CuteCultureChick Comment edition (CCCC)! What this means, is that I’m going to reward the person who comments on my blog the most until April 6th (which is when the NCAA champion game will be played in Detroit)

The prize is two-fold…

I will make a custom care package to send to you upon winning AND I will do a bio of you on my blog. If we’ve been long-time friends, there will be pics of us together, funny stories, etc. If we don’t know each other well, I will create a bio from what I know about you from your blog, Facebook, PWC, etc. Or if you don’t want a bio, I can do a review of your favorite album, or advertise your website or business. I have a comment tracker that lets me know when you post a comment, and all previous historical blog posts count too! I started tracking from 12:00 am this morning, and I’ve got two comments so far!

Let the games begin!

Prize Winners

Apparently I’m not good at getting people to comment on my blog, or submit for my giveaways. Which is kinda funny because I get 40-100 hits a day, and I always try for the free stuff on other people’s blogs (but haven’t ever won). Someday I’ll post truly fabulous prizes worth entering for (like when we’re out of debt?) However, there were two entries on my blog button contest, and by my secret random selection process…

The grand prize winner is…

HIZZEATHER!

Runner-up is…

TRIPACERCHICK!

Heather has won a gift card to a place that will be useful for her upcoming wedding this month (plus I’ll throw in a little extra for your wedding gift just in case I can’t make it to CA for the reception). Jen has won a selection of a few of my favorite things. Ladies, message me with your mailing address and await the splendor!

Blog Button Contest

Here’s my first attempt at a blog button. Copy and paste the code and add me to your blog sidebar. Do I think I could ever do this again? Maybe in the wee small hours of the morning when I had another creative explosion. If you add me to your blog, please comment. You’ll be eligible to win a fabulous secret prize (valued at $10) Must complete by Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00 pm EST to be eligible.