How to Save Money When Eating Out

| June 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Save Money Eating Out

Eating out can offer a welcome diversion from the day-to-day routine and food. It can be an easy form of entertainment for the whole family. But it can also be very expensive. However, if you’re money savvy, there are ways to save money when eating out. Isn’t that great? Here are some tips to save money when you head to the restaurant the next time.

Look for Coupons for Your Favorite Restaurant

Coupons aren’t just for groceries. You can use them to get your some decent savings at your next dining joint as well. Look at the websites of local newspapers to find the coupon section and see if there are  loyalty offers for frequent diners, free birthday meals, BOGO offers or Kids Eat Free offers. You can also find coupons on national coupon websites like Hot Coupons.

Subscribe to the Restaurant’s Email List

Most restaurants have an email newsletter that they send out to frequent diners. Sign up for it. It would usually have special deals and offers that you may not find in print or online ads.

Look for Inexpensive Dining Out Options

Sometimes, we just don’t remember to look for small, family-owned diners that offer hearty meals at pocket-friendly prices. Eating out does not mean going to a fancy restaurant. It means just eating out. So, ask around, check out simple looking, no-frills cafes and diners for inexpensive eating out options.

Scan Your Junk Mail

You’d be surprised at some of the good deals on food that come your way in the junk mail. Restaurants often, send out flyers advertising special offers and discounts via mail and scanning it regularly will help you to pick out deals and savings.

Choose Your Meal Right

Study the menu carefully, don’t hesitate to ask what the dish will include and ask if they offer a free bread basket. Choose dishes that are meals in themselves rather than order a variety of smaller dishes. For instance, grilled chicken on a bed of rice with a side of braised vegetables is so much better than ordering a chicken in red wine sauce and then, ordering something to go along with it.

This is especially true if you have kids at the table. Choose simpler, easy options rather than experiment with something radical and different, because chances are not only will it be more expensive, they wouldn’t want to eat once it arrives!

Eating out does not have to take a bite out of your budget. You can have you cake and eat it too! Just use these simple money-saving tips and ideas and enjoy your next meal out, without worrying about the wallet.

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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