Eating out can be very expensive and a budget breaker.
We have compiled some great money saving, budget saving tips for saving money at restaurants. It can be done you can eat out without breaking the bank.
20 Tips To Saving Money At Restaurants
1. Use online and flyer restaurant coupons
Search the web do you have a favorite restaurant they may have printable coupons. Check your weekly mailers for discounts and deals to your local eateries.
2. Groupon your meal deals
Groupon.com is a great source for meal deals in your area or places you are travelling to. Add your city choice to the search and let your palate decide where dinner is tonight
3. Find kids eat free restaurants in your area
Kids eat free deals are great because lets face it they usually don’t eat all their meal and it can get pricey. Do your research and find a restaurant in your choice city that offers this promotion. It is also a great travel and resort feature when you can find a hotel that does kids eat free dinning.
4. Sign up for frequent diner emails and promotions
Be loyal and be rewarded. Sign up for the promotions at your favorite places and take advantage of the deals.
5. Some restaurants do birthday deals and freebies
It is time to celebrate and the restaurants want you to. Sign up to receive birthday deals from your favorite restaurants.
6. Time your meals: happy hours, brunch menus, pre-dinner rush
Timing is everything. Some restaurants have amazing happy hour specials and brunch menus. Or dine at 3pm and eat off the lunch menu instead of the dinner menu and save.
7. Do take out. Some takeout meals are cheaper
Try take out and share. Order a few different dishes and share with friends. You can avoid the dinner rush, the drink fees and have a picnic in the park.
8. Share your meals, order sample platter
Order a sampler platter or a few different dishes and share with friends and split the bill.
9. Try a buffet
Buffets are great when you can’t decide what you want. Try a few different dishes and you pay one price. Buffets usually offer a child and seniors discount.
10. Try an ethnic restaurant
We have found that western food can be expensive when eating out. In our experience Asian, Mexican, Indian and other ethnic meals run a bit cheaper when dining out.
11. Try a diner instead of a larger chain restaurant.
Eat local and save. Most local diners are a few bucks cheaper per meal that your larger chain restaurants.
12. Opt for meatless meals
Try a salad or beans and rice meal. Opt for a meatless meal and save.
13. Drink water instead of overpriced drinks
Drinks can get expensive in restaurants and I’m not just talking the alcoholic kind. We dined out last week and I was charged $3.50 for coffee with cream. Opt for water your body will love you.
14. Pass on the appetizers and dessert
Opt for just the main course and save. Appetizers and desserts can add up to a bigger bill.
15. Order the special
Some restaurants run weekly or daily specials that are a few dollars off the regular price. Take advantage of the savings.
16. Pay with cash
You will be more aware of how much you are spending if you are paying with cash.
17. Order a smaller portion meal
Ordering a smaller meal means significant savings.
18. Order off the value or special priced menu
Some restaurants will have a value or special priced menu that offers you significant savings.
19. Order an appetizer for your meal
Order an appetizer for your meal or order a few and share with your dining party. Appetizers are generally cheaper than main course meals.
20. Talk to your waiter
Ask questions, get suggestions. They know the inside scoop.
Dining out can be expensive but, every once in a while a meal out is a great treat. Use these 20 tips to save you some money while eating out locally and on vacation.
Have an amazing day.