How To Make Eating Out Cheaper
July 26, 2011 | Alliant Credit Union
Staying at home and cooking dinner is a lot cheaper than eating out or ordering in, but sometime you have to do it. Whether it's you're craving something specific or just need a break from cooking, here are tips on how to make eating out a little bit cheaper:
Sign up for daily deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, to snap up coupons for restaurants you've been wanting to check our or are your favorite. You should also check out the restaurants calendar for upcoming deals or weekly specials and go on those days to take advantage.
Skip the drinks and order water to shrink the dining bill. Restaurants tend to overprice sodas, alcohol and bottled water, so skip it until after the meal when you can purchase it at a lower price. You should also look into going to a restaurant that's BYOB.
Kids meals are usually cheaper and smaller portions, which is good for our wallets and portion control. Who can't resist mac & cheese every once and a while too?
Avoid paying a tip and add extra's to the dinner bill, such as dessert and drinks, by ordering takeout. Pick a place in walking distance and you could also save a little money on gas.
Before checking out a new restaurant research it online. Don't waste your money on a meal you won't eat. Before you go, check out if the restaurant is worth your hard earned money and read reviews for insights on what dishes are recommended.
Leftovers won't save you money on the dinner bill, but it will save you money over the week. Take your leftovers to work for lunch the next day or get creative and make a new meal from them.
Dinner portions can be a bit much sometimes, so split an entrée with your friend or partner.
Change the dinner plans to a lunch date to save. Often, the lunch menu is much cheaper than the dinner menu.
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