Certificates for $2

UPDATE: I bought the $25 certificate for Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant for $3 with the code HAM mentioned below. We went tonight and it was FANTASTIC. Our family of 4 spent less than $25 total (including tip) for good service and excellent food. We had no hitches using our certificate. You just need to remember to read the fine print under each restaurant listing. Our certificate required a minimum purchase of $35 and an included 18% gratuity.

On our way home, we decided to rent a Redbox movie at McDonald’s, which was jam-packed with customers. They probably all spent more than we did, and yet we were served delicious authentic Mexican food at our table. :) Life is good on the cheap! has two participating Wichita restaurants (Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant and Edge Lounge and Cafe), but Topeka, Manhattan, Lawrence, and Kansas City all have participating restaurants, as do hundreds of other cities across the country.

You can get $25 restaurant certificates for as low as $2 when you use the promo code HAM. This promo is not valid toward gift cards – you have to select the specific restaurant you want to visit. Weekly Promo Offer 600 X 400

How works:

Participating restaurants offer discounts on gift certificates to their establishments through For example, they may offer a $25 gift certificate for only $15. Occasionally, has promo codes like this one that let you save even more. Restrictions for each individual restaurant may vary (such as a minimum total you must spend, blackout days, gratuity automatically applied, etc.), so please read those carefully before purchasing. Once you have printed your certificate, you take it to the restaurant to redeem it. Tips should be based on the total before discount, unless the fine print indicates that a gratuity will be automatically applied to your total.

Gift cards are different from gift certificates. Gift cards allow you send the recipient a certain dollar amount that they then can redeem for the certificate of their choice.  (Great for out-of-town friends and relatives. Use zip code search to see a list of participating restaurants in the recipient’s city.) promo codes may or may not apply to Gift Cards.

Example of a deal using Ben Villar's:
Pay $3 for certificate
Fine print requires we spend at least $35. (To make it easy, let's pretend our 
total at the restaurant comes to exactly $35.)
So I'll pay $10 plus tip at the restaurant, and I've already spent $3 on the
certificate. Total out-of-pocket is $13 plus tip on a $35 order.
Regular price: $35
Certif. price: $13
Total Savings: $22
Note: The fine print on the Ben Villar's certificate says an
18%gratuity will be automatically applied, but you would have tipped at least that anyway.

Wichita on the Cheap is supported by affiliate links like the ones in this post.