Restaurants in many cities offer half-off dining coupons through their local radio and television stations in exchange for advertising time. You can find great bargains on the best restaurants if you know where to find these kinds of deals in your area.
Be aware that radio and television stations sometimes give advertising time to businesses in exchange for gift certificates. This is becoming more common with restaurants and other retailers. The gift certificates are then offered to the general public for half price. They often mention these half price offers on the air, but you can also find them by going to the radio or television station's website.
Take note that several gift certificates are offered even cheaper near the end of the year, some restaurant deals up to 75 percent off face value. This is likely because they do not want to be stuck with any inventory.
Check out the companies behind these advertising programs. They may have a list of radio or television stations participating. You can do this by searching online using search terms such as "half price gift certificate program", "half price gift certificate marketing" etc.
Another way is if you have already found an offer by a radio or television station, see if they name the advertising program they are using.
Examples of companies offering this program are IncentRev and NeoFill. Neofill has a partner website, HalfOffDeals.com where you can search the half price gift certificates by city.
Another way to search for these deals is to locate the web sites for your local radio and television stations. Look them up online or use tools provided by web sites such as the Yahoo Directory for News and Media.
Using the Yahoo tool, you can search the "Radio" or "Television" categories. Search under "Regions" and find your state. There will be a list of radio and television stations in your area with links to their web sites.
Look on each web site for something that says "Half Price Dining", "Half Price Certificates", or something similar.