Quick Tip: 10 Ways to Save While Eating Out
I started to name this post “10 Ways to Save While Eating Out”, but let’s face it. You cannot save money while eating out. You can, however, spend less. So, here are 10 ways to cut your spending while eating out:
1. Skip the drinks – order H2O.
Not only does this save some $$, but it also is the healthier choice.
2. Split a meal.
I personally don’t like sharing my plate, but I have to ask myself sometimes, “Do I actually need to eat this entire Goliath-sized portion by myself?” If you have children, split the meal with them.
3. Eat at restaurants that offer coupons.
Many restaurants are in the coupon business, so take advantage of these savings. Sign up on their websites, follow them on Facebook, download a mobile coupon app to keep you in the know – last but not least, follow Saving at the Lake’s restaurant deals posts.
4. Be flexible.
Wait for a coupon or special before you go out to eat. For instance, if you have children, wait for a kid’s eat free night.
5. Don’t go out to eat when you are starving,
In the same way that we shouldn’t go grocery shopping while we are hungry, we really shouldn’t go out to eat when we are starving. They more hungry we are, the more we will be tempted to order.
6. Let your server know you are celebrating.
Let your waiter know that you are out celebrating your birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, and you might just get a sweet surprise!
7. Go out for lunch.
The lunch prices are almost always significantly cheaper than the dinner prices. While the portions may be smaller, they are more reasonably sized so that you won’t see any go to waste.
8. Set up an eating out budget.
This is very, very important. Set up an eating out budget amount and stick to it! Use cash and an envelope if possible. And remember, once the envelope is empty – no more eating out until it’s refilled.
9. Wait until you finish your entrée before ordering dessert.
This one is simple. Most of the time you won’t have any room for dessert after the main course or you can just plan on eating dessert at home.
10. Buy gift cards during the holiday season.
Restaurants usually have gift card promotions during the holiday season to push their sales. Why not take advantage of these discounts? For example: $5 bonus card for getting $20-$25 worth of gift cards. That works out to be a 17-20% savings. If you already go to these restaurants, save by purchasing cards during the holidays.
Do you use any of these methods to save while eating out?
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