Make Sure You Read the Fine Print on Coupons
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Make Sure You Read the Fine Print on Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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PancakesPeople can get excited over a really good coupon. It is easy to see why. Coupons help people stretch their dollars and save money. It is really important to take a moment to read the fine print on a coupon or special offer before you use it. Failure to do so could have some embarrassing results.

Denny’s frequently offers coupons to their customers. It is important to read the fine print on Denny’s coupons, just in case the offer changed since the last time you used that kind of coupon. Make sure you fully understand the restrictions and limitations that are on the coupon (or special offer) or you could run into problems.

A woman in the Chicagoland area incorrectly interpreted a special offer at Denny’s. It isn’t entirely clear whether the woman was using a Denny’s coupon, or if she was confused by a special offer that was on the menu. She ordered a $4 all-you-can-eat pancake special.

The woman believed that it was ok to place one order and share the pancakes with all of her friends who were sitting with her at the same table. The server noticed what was happening and explained to the woman that she could not do that. The coupon (or special offer) was for one person only. Sharing was not allowed.

It would be extremely easy to make this kind of mistake. For example, a parent might think the coupon (or special offer) would allow the parent to share the $4 all-you-can-eat pancakes with their child. It can be embarrassing to have a server come over to explain that you misunderstood what was offered.

The woman in the Chicagoland area, unfortunately, didn’t take very kindly to being told she could not share the $4 all-you-can-eat pancakes with her friends. An argument occurred, and police got involved.

Keep this story in mind when you use a coupon for a buffet. Some coupons offer a discount on two adult dinners – but only if each adult also purchases a drink. Most buffets prohibit customers from purchasing a meal, sitting and eating it, and then bringing food home with them. If you want carry-out, you have to pay for that, get your food, and leave the buffet.

Coupons from fast food places always have an expiration date on them. Make sure you check the date before you try and use the coupon. Is the fast food place selling special glasses, or toys, that go with a movie that is currently in theaters? The ad you saw for those items will say “while supplies last”.

Grocery store coupons also can contain some fine print. Read it. You can save yourself the embarrassment of having the cashier refuse your coupon because you selected the wrong brand or product size.

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