The cost of group dining can sometimes get away from us. From drinks and appetizers to the posh main course, though fun and virtually cleanup-free, celebrating a special occasion at a restaurant with a large group of friends and family can turn into a pricey bill.

That is, if you don’t plan ahead.

It’s actually easy to take a group out on a budget. Most people know offers $25 gift certificates, but did you know they also offer $50, $75 and $100 options? Next time you’re taking a big group out, think about giving a different denomination a try and save on a bigger check.

Here’s an example of how to get the most out of’s largest gift certificate – the $100, ideal for group dining. Your parents’ 50th wedding anniversary is quickly approaching. You want to do something great, but you’re on a tight budget. That’s when you visit and search for restaurants in your area that provide enough space for your entire family and the collection of friends your parents have made over the years. You don’t want to leave anyone out.

You can search for restaurants by city, ZIP code, cuisine type, atmosphere, average entrée price and more. You can even check out menu items.

Once you find that perfect restaurant for your special occasion, check out the potential savings. You can purchase a $100 gift certificate for just $40. That’s a savings of 60 percent! Keep in mind, there are some terms and conditions.

Then, simply bring your certificate to the restaurant (you can either print it out or present it on your phone with the iPhone app) and reap the savings.

We told you it was easy!

That’s just one way to use for more than just dinner for two. Whether you’re grabbing lunch with a friend, craving a quick bite on the go or planning a night out with a group, be sure to think outside the $25 box and check out’s $10, $50, $75 and $100 options!

Bon Appétit!