A couple of local radio stations have been advertising 1/2 price dining so we checked it out and it worked great for us. (Note: I don't work for either of these stations - we just like to eat out and if we can save a little money it's all good!)
Each week they feature one or more local restaurants and you can buy gift certificates for 1/2 the price. For example we got a gift certificate for $50 at Corner Kitchen and paid $25 (plus S&H of about $3). I ordered on-line w/ credit card and got the gift card about 1 week later and used it within a few days without any hitches.
www.halfpriceasheville.com is the site for 96.5 WOXL - this week they have Phil's BBQ and next week they're offering Southside Cafe and the following Mellow Mushroom.
www.halfpricedeals.com is the site for 104.3 Star - this week they have Norton's Grill, Old Europe, Razcal's, Pastabilities and Thai Basil
Some of these places interest me and some not...but it's a good deal if it's someplace you like or would like to try. Also there aren't as many pesky restrictions like buy one entree and get the other at 1/2 price.