July was our vacation month before my husband started back up in medical school the beginning of August. While I didn't do too much bargain shopping and couponing, we did find great deals for eating out. One of our favorite things to use is Restaurant.com. You can purchase vouchers for different restaurants for a fraction of the cost. For example, you can purchase a $25 voucher for only $10. Usually you have to spend at least $35 at the restaurant to use the voucher, but you still save $15 over what you would have spent if you went there without anything.
We usually wait for Restaurant.com's sales. About once a month or so they will make things 80% off their normal price, so instead of paying $10 for a $25 voucher, you only pay $2. They are having one of these sales right now through August 13. If you use the code PORTION, you can get 80% off. If you have Borders Rewards Perks, you can use these towards your purchase, or you can go through Ebates to get 15% back. Either way, you're in for a great deal.
Something that we discovered last month getting some certificates--some restaurants don't have the minimum purchase requirement over the voucher amount. We found several in the San Diego area that only required that we have $25 worth of food to use a $25 certificate (tax and tip are not included), so essentially we only payed $2 for a $25 meal plus tip. I don't know what other cities have these, but if you are in the San Diego area, there are several. Here is a picture of us at one last month. It was a fun little barbeque roadhouse that had my daughter's name (Abby/Abbey) and my favorite state (Texas) in the title. I just couldn't pass it up.