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February 10, 2013

Brittany's Budget Diary: Nothing says love like cheap food

VALDOSTA — If you're trying to figure out what that smell is, it's not all the illegal dumping from Lowndes County closing trash drop-off areas, it's love in the air. Aww, yes! Valentine's Day is just a mere four days away and it's time for you to lust open that budgeteer wallet and show your special someone that love and budget can co-exist in the same sentence.

If you’re looking for a romantic night out on the town, here is a list of some of my favorite restaurants that will have some great deals:

Outback Steakhouse

Thursday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 17 enjoy a Valentine's meal for two for just $36.99. It includes a Bloomin' Onion, your choice of a freshly made side and side salad (per person), two Outback Special Sirloins and a classic cheesecake dessert to share. You can upgrade those sirloins to filets for just an additional $10.

Texas Roadhouse

Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 16, enjoy a Valentine's value for two for just $34.99. The deal includes one appetizer — cactus blossom, fried pickles, or cheese fries — two entrees — BBQ chicken and ribs combo, 12 oz. ribeye, or 12 oz. prime rib — served with two made-from-scratch sides.

LongHorn Steakhouse

While it's not a Valentine's Day special, you can get an inexpensive dinner for two. On a pre-selected menu, you choose one appetizer or dessert to share — Texas Tonion, spinach dip, smoking' sweet calamari, bananas foster sundae or a turtle sundae — two side salads, two entrees — 6 oz. Renegade Sirloin, parmesan crusted chicken, sierra chicken, LongHorn salmon, cowboy pork chop — and all for just $25. Upgrade to the Flo's Filet for just $6 per serving.

Olive Garden

For just a limited time only, enjoy a three-course Italian dinner for just $12.95. The meal includes unlimited breadsticks and salad or homemade soup, one of five new entrees — parmesan-potato crusted chicken, penne di mare, grilled chicken toscano, three-cheese pomodoro ravioli and bucatini with meat sauce — and a dessert or specialty coffee — chocolate mousse cake or dolcini (five mini-desserts) or caramel hazelnut macchiato, caffe mocha, Italian cappuccino, latte and espresso — adding up to just $25.90 before tax and tip.

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