How to Save Money When Eating Out
Many people like to eat out but as you may know, it can be expensive. If you enjoy eating out but don’t want to take a bite out of your bank account, there are some things you can do to save money. For one, it’s smart to plan when you will eat out into your budget instead of just doing it at random. You could make it a reward for healthy, at-home eating all week or make it a once a month date night or special family event. But here are some other ways you can save when you eat out.
Here are a few ideas on how to save money when eating out:
Share– Most restaurants serve very large portions, far more than one person could eat in a sitting anyway. So you might consider sharing your meal with another person. Make sure the restaurant allows this first, as some have rules against it but for the most part, you can order one meal and then just share it between two people. This will save you money and some extra calories you might not want while you’re at it.
Skip the drinks– Or at very least, the alcoholic drinks. Most restaurants have premium prices on their drinks. A soda can be as much as $3 and a beer could be $5-7 easily. You could opt for just plain water which allows you to save a few dollars per person and still enjoy a night out to eat. At very least, skip out on the alcoholic drinks or visit during happy hour.
Bring home the leftovers– And then actually remember to eat them. If you’re not big on sharing with someone else, you can share with yourself. Order the meal you want but then bring half of it home in a doggie bag to have later or the next day. This basically gives you two meals for the price of one and it helps you save. It just makes sense.
Use coupons and specials– Restaurant Coupons have come a long way since the early days in the Sunday paper. Many restaurants now have rewards programs or digital deals where you can sign up and receive discounts and coupons right to your email or smart phone. You can also find deals online at coupon sites or by using your smart phone’s GPS features. Local targeting is a big thing in marketing right now. Use it to your advantage and grab some local coupons.
Have an appetizer as your meal- Another way to save is to have the appetizer for your meal. This doesn’t work in every restaurant but in many there are two portion sizes- like a chicken finger basket and a chicken finger platter. One is often considered the appetizer portion and is cheaper. Soups and salads are also usually cheaper. You can save a lot using this method.
So here are just some ways to save when you go out to eat. And remember with that money you saved to tip your server for good service.
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