My husband and I are fortunate enough to have pretty frequent date nights.
And while we’re lucky enough to have that time together, we also know that there’s only so much in the budget for those nights out. So we’re always on the lookout for great deals that we can use specifically for date night.
Chinoki, an app that sends out local deals via text or e-mail, seems like it’ll be a great addition to our budget-friendly date night ideas.
Here’s how Chinoki works:
1. You go online and sign up for a Chinoki account (all free, of course).
2. Then you can go through and choose which merchants you’re interested in receiving deals from. There’s a definite focus right now on restaurants (which is perfect for our date night needs!), but there are also other retail merchants and family-friendly restaurants as well.
3. Choose whether you want your deals to arrive via text or e-mail. (Love it that we have the choice!)
4. That’s it! Now you just wait for the deal to pop up on your phone.
Here’s how one of my offers arrived (via text):
When I clicked on that link, it brought me to the actual coupon I’d be using. It was for Triumph Brewery, one of our favorites!
This week’s coupon was a quick turnaround – it expired only a few hours after it arrived, in fact. We already had our date night blocked out and our child care set, so it wasn’t a problem for us to get down there and take advantage of it. That’s not always the case for us, though.
Since it was a happy hour special, I don’t think there was any way around the tight turnaround time this time, and I believe that each deal will be different (and that it won’t be so immediate, drop-everything, let’s go get that deal. Right. NOW!) Though that does add some fun to date night, for sure!
We made it with plenty of time to spare – and it was a nice way to start out our evening. In fact, we were enjoying our relaxing evening at Triumph Brewery (in the nice cool AC) so much that we decided to stay for dinner as well. The atmosphere of the Triumph is laidback, making for a perfect way to start (or end) a night out on the town.
Take a look at the rest of our photos (and the food! oh, the amazing food!) on my Google + album. Seriously… you have to see their soft pretzels. They’re a must-order.
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