It’s fun and a treat to dine out instead of making dinner at home, but even if you use coupons or other deals, you might not be getting a bargain says Bankrate.com. For example, many cities have a Restaurant Week offering “deals” on full-course meals. But it’s often nothing more than a marketing campaign to stir up business. You may get more courses than you want and find out you could save money by ordering what you actually want a la carte. Some restaurants serve smaller portions or limit the menu to items that don’t cost them much to prepare. Daily deal restaurant vouchers may sound good, but are loaded with so many restrictions, they’re not easy to use — and refunds are rarely available. Some coupons give you a good deal on a sandwich (buy one get one free) but require you to buy two large drinks –and that’s where the restaurant actually makes its money. For more on these and other cautions, CLICK HERE.