Saving Money While Eating Out

January 10, 2012 · Posted in Savings · Comment 

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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Tips for Couples That Travel Based on a Budget

January 2, 2012 · Posted in Savings · Comment 

If you’re traveling as a couple, you want to make sure you have plenty of money. When you’re traveling on a budget, you want to be sure you get the most for your money. The following are some budget friendly travel tips for couples:

1. Select a few different places you would like to travel to together and see which one is most affordable and best fits with your budget. You can do a lot of your research on the Internet. Try to find packages that include travel and lodging and see who has the best price.

2. Consider traveling during low season instead of high season. You will save money if you travel during low season. During low season, hotels and local attractions usually offer a discount as an incentive for people to visit then. Also, during low season, your transportation costs are usually lower because less people are traveling at that time. For example, if you are thinking of traveling to Europe, you will most likely find tickets to fly there for several hundred dollars less than you would during high season. Of course this all depends on where you are located to begin with.

For couples looking to travel to a beach resort, one of the best times to travel is in the fall. Prices are low, so you will save money and stick to your budget, and kids are back to school, so the resorts should be quiet.

3. Make sure you save money for the trip together and on your own. If you want to take a budget friendly trip, you have to have the money to pay for your trip. You can increase your savings in a fun way by adding to both a joint account and an individual account and seeing who is able to save the most money for the trip.

4. Find hotels that include breakfast with the cost of your room. You will find that lots of hotels offer breakfast as an incentive for you to stay with them. If you are looking to do a trip to Europe you may also wish to consider Bed & Breakfasts. Their accommodations are typically budget friendly and so are their staff.

5. Order one entree and share it at dinner. This is great if you can decide on one you would both enjoy. Divide it up into two servings and add a soup or a salad and you will find that you save a lot of money on dining out. You may have to pay a few dollars in the form of a plate fee to do this but if you let them know in advance, they will take care of it for you. When you share your dinner, you are really experiencing budget friendly travel.

6. Be careful not to spend too much money on filtered water. Hotels have found lots of ways to make extra money, such as charging for local newspapers, use of the Internet, as well as offering bottled water for about $3.80 a bottle. If you find that your hotel is close to a local grocery store, visit them on your first day there and see if you can buy water by the gallon. Consider taking a couple of good refillable water bottles with you and fill them from the gallon each time you would like some water. This may seem like a bit of work, but it will save you lots of money, especially if you are traveling for a week or two.

Couples that plan their travel based on a budget typically find that they can travel more often each year. Try to be somewhat flexible with your travel dates and always keep an eye out for amazingly low travel deals. There are many travel websites that allow you to compare prices and find excellent deals which will allow you to stick to your travel budget as well.

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