Saving Money When Eating Out
Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 am
There is no reason to completely give up restaurants and eating out when you know all of the tricks to saving money when eating out!
Coupons are not just for family restaurants anymore. Even fine dining establishments are offering coupons and discounts. Call ahead to the restaurant or go online and do a coupon search. With very little effort, you can get even get a free meal or two.
Purchase restaurant gift certificates in advance, and you can save up to 80 percent off of a meal! Restaurant.com frequently offers deals on restaurant gift certificates, and you can sometimes get $25 certificates for only $2.
Split a meal plus and appetizer with your dining companion. Don’t worry. In most restaurants, you will be served enough food this way and won’t go hungry. But, you will save quite a bit on your dinner.
Skip the drinks
Choose drinks with free refills or skip them altogether. A simple water with lemon is very refreshing and can save you money off of your restaurant bill. Some folks even add a little sugar or sweetener to their water and lemon to make lemonade!
Go off peak
Lunch offerings are usually less expensive than dinner offerings, and sometimes they offer the exact same meal and portion at lunch for a reduced rate. There are also “off-peek” or “dinner special” menus available in some restaurants. These special menus offer reduced prices in order to fill tables during quiet times.
Do you have any tips for saving money when eating out?