How To Save Money On Eating Out – Frugal Living Tips
It’s no secret that one of the greatest expenses you can have is eating out frequently.
I will admit that I love few things more than a nice meal out on the town.
There are ways that you can save some money while still getting to eat out when you feel like it.
OK here are some tips on How To Save Money On Eating Out.
Tip #1 – Shopping Around
We all have our favorite restaurants and favorite types of food.
Sometimes there are other good less expensive choices right around the corner.
You might even find that you enjoy some of the less expensive restaurants even more than the ones you frequent.
Make certain to shop around and see what types of food other restaurants offer.
Check their prices.
Come on get out of your restaurant rut and try something different.
Tip #2 – Don’t Be Afraid to Clip
If you already have a favorite restaurant that you prefer above all others, make certain that you’re checking out those Sunday newspapers.
As silly as it sounds, many chain restaurants will offer special deals and discount coupons in the Sunday papers.
You may find yourself discovering a brand-new daily special, or even better, finding that coupon for 20% off your next meal.
Tip #3 – Inquire About Loyalty
Many restaurants have loyalty programs which offer a free meal or a percentage off after meeting some requirement, for example, buy ten get one free or spend $100 get 10% off.
Ask the next time you are there.
If they have a program they will be more than happy to tell you about it
You will be able to enjoy special savings that they provide to loyal customers who return to them time and time again.
Tip #4 – Check Out Happy Hour
A lot of restaurants have happy hour deals or specials that occur during certain times of the day.
As you know happy hour usually is about drinks but many restaurants also include food.
When in doubt, ask the next time you go to the restaurant, or pay a quick visit to your favorite restaurants’ website.
Tip #5 – Go Where the Kids Eat Free
If you’re wanting to dine out with your family then make certain you check out some of the many different restaurants where Kids Eat Free.
Denny’s has a Kids Eat Free night every Tuesday between 4:00PM and 10:00PM.
You would be amazed at just how much you can save by eating at restaurants that offer a kids eat free night.
Tip #6 – Tweet, Like, and Share
Believe it or not, a lot of restaurants are now offering special coupons and discount codes to customers who will like, tweet, or otherwise share on their websites or social accounts.
Other restaurants will offer their “followers” special limited time deals and specials that they will either tweet or share with their groups on social media.
By following your favorite restaurants, you can often snag up some pretty impressive deals from social media.
Tip #7 – Dine Out With Cash
Many people are likely to spend extra money when they are paying with a credit or debit card.
Perhaps this is because it’s much more painful for you to see those bills jumping out of your wallet as you hand them to your server when paying the tab.
Regardless of the reason, paying with cash will generally make you spend less when it comes to dining out.
Not to mention, many servers absolutely hate getting tipped with a credit card.
Tip #8 – Pay With A Credit Card
WHAT! Didn’t you just tell me not to use credit cards?
Certain credit cards give you 1%-5% cash back when you eat out.
Now that’s a credit card worth using but only if you pay your balance off every month.
Tip #9 – Enjoy Those Freebies
There are a lot of restaurants that offer some delicious free appetizers.
Outback Steakhouse, for example, will deliver a fresh piping hot loaf of that delicious dark bread to your table
Many Mexican restaurants will provide you with complementary chips and salsa.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself getting gorged on the freebies before my entree even gets to the table.
Tip #9 – Drink Water
There are a lot of people that are chronically dehydrated.
Don’t let this be the case when you go out to eat dinner.
You eat less when you drink a lot of water.
Drink plenty of water before you eat dinner. You’ll either order less or you’ll have leftovers for another meal.
Obviously this will save you money when it comes time to pay the check not to mention your belly will thank you.
So skip the soda, fruit juice and beer and just stick with water.
Tip #10 Restaurant.com
Restaurant.com has more than 18,000 restaurants offering discounts all over the USA. Just be sure to read the fine print. Many are valid only on certain days of the week.
Tip #11 Discount Gift Cards
Go to Cardpool to buy gift cards for restaurants that will save you 5% – 20%.
Tip #12 The Early Bird Catches The Deal
Take advantage of the Early Bird specials offered at many restaurants.
I know eating dinner at 5:00 is crazy but you will sleep better having fully digested your food by the time you go to bed.
You may also be hungry at 9:00 but give it a try.
The Final Tip
Regardless of how much you are spending when you are dining out, the most important thing is to remember to enjoy yourself.
Dining out is the time to enjoy not having to cook a meal and also to enjoy the company of friends and family members.
While you want to have a good time, don’t forget to follow a few of the tips listed above to make certain that you are able to dine out debt and guilt free.
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