Cherished St. Valentine provides an occasion for lovers to pamper each other with rich chocolates, sweet notes of devotion and high-calorie meals. If your relationship is like that of most Americans, you and your darling will be dining out on February 14th. And we all understand the patience required for indulging in restaurant services on this day: The long wait for your table, the overwhelmed server, and the hit-or-miss food quality you may experience blindly ordering from an unfamiliar menu. This Valentine’s Day, plan a successful dining escapade by using one of these free (with the exception of one for $.99), easy-to-use, money-saving apps.

1. BiteHunter – Dining Deals

With one click you’re able to purchase one of over 50,000 restaurant deals with BiteHunter. This app provides you with deals from various websites including LivingSocial and Groupon. Not sure what to order at your chosen restaurant? Read through reviews and recommendations from experienced diners. Even browse through photos to help you determine whether a certain spot is romantic enough for your honey’s V-day meal.

2. Forks

In case you and your lover would rather order in pizza than go out, check out Forks. They offer deals on not only restaurants but also fast food joints and diners, and there’s no pre-purchasing required. All you have to do is show your server the coupon from your phone. As you browse through deals, save your favorites and be alerted when you’re near a great deal.

3. Local Eats

For 99 cents, sort through restaurant deals based on cuisine, price and reviews with Local Eats. With no national chains, you won’t have to worry about dining somewhere you ate as a child. Only local, independently-owned restaurants are suggested. Make Valentine’s Day reservations weeks ahead with just a click of a button.

4. Open Table

This popular app not only reserves available tables for you upon request, it also gives you rewards points with every reservation you make. Expect to receive 100 points for most restaurants and 1000 for a select few from time to time. Redeem points for restaurant gift certificates up to $100. If your sweetie is allergic to peanuts, inform the restaurant through Open Table along with any other special requests.

5. Scout Mob

Scout Mob provides those living in America’s bigger cities coupons and deals up to 50% off local restaurant dining. Scan through menu highlights to help you decide which restaurant is best for you and your significant other. Filter by specific cuisine and neighborhood. Scout Mob’s Shoppe feature also showcases handmade goods by independent makers, giving you the ability to shop for your beloved at the same time.

6. Savored

Receive up to 40% off restaurants in major cities with Savored. Last time I was in New York, I used Savored to get 20% off my bill at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club. This app is Groupon’s foodie baby, so expect to find dozens of highly ranked restaurants with plenty of great user reviews.

7. Valpak

Remember those convenient blue envelopes packed with dozens of local coupons? I’m envious if you still get them. In case you don’t, download the Valpak app and filter by deal category—this app isn’t just for dining! Get exclusive coupons, and simply show your server the coupon screen on your phone for redemption. Perhaps you’ll even find a coupon for your sweetheart’s gift!

 

 

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