Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! $25 GC to Mimi's Cafe!

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 9/30/2009 09:15:00 AM | | 35 comments »

Did you know that Bob Evans also owns Mimi's Cafe?

I sure didn't, not until I spent some time learning about Bob Evans a few weeks ago at their new restaurant in Xenia, Ohio.

Here's a little description from the Mimi's Cafe website

Since we first opened in 1978, Mimi's Cafe has been a favorite destination for restaurant goers who want to relax and connect over freshly prepared meals. Our colorful French-cottage themed buildings and lush gardens let our guests know right away that Mimi's is a special place to visit.

Image courtesy of www.MimisCafe.com

Doesn't it look like a charming place to spend an night out with someone you love?

I was surprised to learn that there's a Mimi's Cafe very close to my little town (just down the road a bit) and thrilled when the PR team for Bob Evans offered me two gift cards for Mimi's Cafe - one for my husband and I to use and one to giveaway here on my blog.

Our budget is tight and it seems like it gets a bit tighter each month; it's a rare thing for my hubs Knute and I to go out for dinner just the two of us because going out means paying for a sitter and paying for dinner. This gift card will be a nice treat for us to spend some time away from the kids and having a conversation that isn't constantly interrupted by our well-meaning but insistent kiddos.

Onto the giveaway!

I have been graciously given a $25 Mimi's Cafe gift card to giveaway to (1) lucky reader!*

Not sure if there's a Mimi's Cafe near you? You can use their store locator right here to search your state. While you're visiting their site, be sure to print a coupon for a free dessert (exp. 10/5/09)! ;-)

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite cheap date night idea is. It can be something you do for free; if it costs $$, make sure it's a low-cash idea. With our economy slip-sliding downhill, we all could use some fun and cheap ideas for spending time with the ones we love.

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified. I don't want to disqualify you so please, please, pretty-please be sure to do this, m'kay?

This giveaway will end on TUESDAY, October 6, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2009.

Good luck!

*(Disclosure: I was given a $50 gift card for my hubs and I to use.)

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  1. flemishe // September 30, 2009 10:08 AM  

    My favorite date night is using gift cards/coupons for restaurants in town and using free or discounted movie tickets. We enjoy a night out and dont spend a lot of money doing it this way.

  2. flemishe // September 30, 2009 10:08 AM  

    I am a subscriber!

  3. flemishe // September 30, 2009 10:12 AM  

    I tweeted the giveaway.


  4. Lawanna // September 30, 2009 10:14 AM  

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  5. Lawanna // September 30, 2009 10:15 AM  

    Favorite cheap date night is to just go for a walk. Sometimes it's just around the block, local park, or even around another neighborhood looking for ideas for our home.

  6. CincyAmy // September 30, 2009 10:41 AM  

    New subscriber as of today! We also love Mimi's Cafe. The quiche and muffins are fantastic!

  7. Jennifer // September 30, 2009 11:27 AM  

    We enjoy going for a walk on the bike path down by the miami river (close to our house). It is hard to get away for a long time from our kids so this is quick and close to home.
    mom2kids.stephens at gmail.com

  8. Jennifer // September 30, 2009 11:28 AM  

    I am a subscriber too
    mom2kids.stephens at gmail.com

  9. Together We Save // September 30, 2009 12:22 PM  

    I am a follower

  10. Together We Save // September 30, 2009 12:22 PM  

    My parents reve about this resturant so I would love to try it. No date night here but I still want to win!

  11. K. Rock // September 30, 2009 12:52 PM  

    We will go on a date to a place that has a deal going on like buy 1 get 1 free or a hahlf off certificate.

  12. K. Rock // September 30, 2009 12:52 PM  

    I get your feed.

  13. Ellen // September 30, 2009 2:21 PM  

    Okay so this might not qualify as a free date 'night', but definitely a free date: we LOVE Ikea so when they have a free breakfast, we go for that in the morning (just the two of us) and then browse the store.

  14. Ellen // September 30, 2009 2:24 PM  

    I just tweeted: sewnutty8

  15. missydawnrox // September 30, 2009 6:17 PM  

    My hubby and I are big fans of going to an afternoon movie (cheaper before 6PM) then hitting a half priced happy hour. Early dates are always cheaper!

  16. missydawnrox // September 30, 2009 6:18 PM  

    I subscribe to your emails! missydnichols@gmail.com

  17. missy // September 30, 2009 8:36 PM  

    DH and I pack up our picinic basket and head on over to the Drive-In. They charge you an extra
    $5.00 to bring in your own food but it's still the so much cheaper and you know what your getting!
    Thank you for the contest!

  18. missy // September 30, 2009 8:36 PM  

    I am a proud subscriber!!


  19. missy // September 30, 2009 8:42 PM  




  20. Diana // October 1, 2009 3:05 AM  

    I but the Restaurant.com gift certificates when they go down to 80% off. There are many restaurants in my area that participate in restaurant.com so we have a lot to choose from. We also swap babysitting duties with a friend so that's free.

  21. Diana // October 1, 2009 3:06 AM  

    I'm a subscriber.

  22. Sariah S. Wilson // October 1, 2009 7:09 AM  

    We're another couple that love using the Restaurant.com certificates to go out and eat!

  23. Mindolla // October 1, 2009 7:12 AM  

    Well as the queen of cheap we rarely have an expensive date night. Our favorite cheap date night out is actually do go down to the lake and take a cooler of snacks and some wine (just not bottles down there).
    We do the whole sappy movie thing, looking at the stars, talking about our dreams... still I can't help it! I love it!

  24. Jennifer // October 1, 2009 9:44 AM  

    My favorite date night is going out to dinner with a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon with my husband while my mother-in-law has the kids for the night. Then we rent a movie from redbox and snuggle under a quilt. It doesn't cost much and I get my hubby all to myself!


  25. Jennifer // October 1, 2009 9:47 AM  

    I am a subscriber, thanks!


  26. tatrout // October 1, 2009 12:30 PM  

    I often get free tickets to movie screenings. My husband and I like to make a fun date night out of this:-)

  27. tatrout // October 1, 2009 12:30 PM  

    I often get free tickets to movie screenings. My husband and I like to make a fun date night out of this:-)

  28. tatrout // October 1, 2009 12:32 PM  

    I often get free tickets to movie screenings. My husband and I like to make a fun date night out of this:-)

  29. Kristine Michelle // October 1, 2009 11:26 PM  

    I have an Entertainment Book, so we always use Buy-1-Get-1-Free dinners from there. A lot of restaurants are sending out these type of coupons to subscribers also.
    allmycrazycats @ aol.com

  30. Kristine Michelle // October 1, 2009 11:27 PM  

    I subscribe via Google Reader
    allmycrazycats @ aol.com

  31. moto62 // October 3, 2009 4:04 PM  

    we use coupons from the newtown ice cream trolley for soft serve cones. next door is brueger's farm & garden center; we go over and look at the farm animals (shetland pony, goats & lots of roosters & hens). it really is a lot of fun especially right around sundown.

    we've also gone to mimi's with their valentine's day special menu. appetizer, entree and dessert at one low price for couples. love mimi's cafe!

  32. moto62 // October 3, 2009 4:05 PM  

    i am a subscriber.

  33. moto62 // October 3, 2009 4:06 PM  

    i tweeted you to tell you i entered the giveaway and began following you. you can follow me at: http://twitter.com/moto62

    great giveaway!

  34. Jennifer // October 3, 2009 7:12 PM  

    My favorite date night is eating at a place where I have a coupon and walking around antique malls. I just find it so relaxing. But if we don't have someone to watch the kids, we do game night and then rent a movie from Redbox.

  35. Jennifer // October 3, 2009 7:12 PM  

    I subscribe.