Saving Money While Eating Out

January 10, 2012 · Posted in Savings 

Many years ago people rarely went out to eat. Moms cooked homemade meals and baked desserts and dinner was known as family time. Perhaps they did eat out, but it was usually because it was someone’s Birthday or other special occasion. Over the years things have changed and now you hear more people talking about eating out instead of cooking at home. Some people eat out or have food delivered up to 3 to 5 times a week. With the negative effects of the economy over the last several years, people are beginning to realize that they need to find ways to save money. But when it comes to eating out, is it possible to save money while eating out?

You do not need to stop eating out all together. If you’ve had a very busy day at work and you want to eat out, than you should be able to. A good way to save money when eating out is to check out the menu prices first. Most restaurants have copies of their menus, along with their prices, on their website.

Choose a restaurant that is within your budget. Some restaurants are so expensive that you know the owners are just trying to charge as much as they can. It is possible to get full from a meal at an affordable cafe where the food is tasty and the service is good. If you can eat a lot, you may want to try eating at an all you can eat buffet. You don?t even have to tip at those restaurants.

You may get a discount on a specific day or if you dine at a specific time at some restaurants. You can find this information out by going to the website of the restaurant or reading advertisements. Senior citizens can save money with senior specials.

Again, depending on where you live, many family type restaurants offer “kids eat free” meals. If you aren’t sure of where, take a look online for your local restaurants.

If you enjoy eating out as a couple, but wish to save money, why not share a meal? If you can both agree on the same entree, ask the waitress for extra plates when you place your order. Tell her that you plan to share your meal. And, if you still have good food leftover, take it home for a snack the next day. Most restaurants expect you to do this and enjoy offering this service to you.

You can also save money while eating out by watching your local newspaper for restaurants that offer special dining prices. For example, some restaurants offer a special price for Sunday brunch or Sunday dinner. Yet another great deal is the entertainment book. Many restaurants participate in the entertainment book by offering 2 for 1 meals.

Yes there are lots of ways to eat out and still save money. Have you ever noticed that when you skip the cocktails or wine, the price of your dinner out is a lot less? You can also save money by either sharing a soda or simply having water with your meal. Sometimes it is nice to indulge and not worry about the cost of things, but if you eat out frequently, you may wish to begin paying attention to all the little extra costs of things. A good example of this is dessert. Typically restaurants charge somewhere around $7.00 for a slice of cake or an ice cream sundae. Again, this does depend on where you live. But think about. For $7.00 you can get a tub of yummy ice cream at your local grocery store and have dessert every night at home.

Once you have paid for your meal, take a look at the receipt. Some restaurants have started programs where they offer you a discount on your next meal if you complete their survey. If you enjoyed yourself, you will probably return, so keep the receipt handy. Eating out is fun, but sometimes we need to keep an eye on our budget. If you are looking for ways to save money while eating out, then give some of the above suggestions a try.

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