70% off AND Early Entries for Christmas in July Giveaway!! has gone back down to 70% off. (It was 80% last week). If you didn’t catch it while it was 80%, catch it now. This is still a fantastic bargain, making $25 gift certificates only $3 each! We have a couple of favorite restaurants where we love to eat. Since feeding all four of us normally costs $30 to $40, I usually keep a couple of gift certificates in stock. I try to stock up on them when they run an 80% special. There is nothing like spending only $2 on a $25 meal!

Oh! Here is something I want all of you to remember. When you use a gift certificate, do not forget to leave your waitress/hostess a tip. Whether it is included on the gift certificate or not is determined by the establishment, but for some reason, I just don’t trust that these servers are receiving their share, if it is included. I always leave at least 15%. Don’t get me started on my ‘tipping’ beliefs. I waitressed for a long time as a single mother raising four children. These people usually get paid a very minimum wage, plus tips. I have even had some places figure my tips into the minimum wage deal. Ok, I didn’t stay at those places long. Still, for some of these people, it is the only way they have to feed their children. So dont be skimpy with the tip. And if it was bad service, give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they were having a really bad day. At least tip them something.

Ok, off my soapbox now! Check out this post to sign up for extra entries to the Christmas in July giveaway!


  1. I agree we should always leave appropriate tips when we eat out! Great reminder!