Eating out is a big part of a lot of our budgets. With more hours spent at work, school, and daily activities, sometimes we don’t have time to cook a meal at home. Whether it’s a treat, or for necessity, there are simple ways to save money while eating out. From fast food joints to sit down five-star restaurants, there are corners that can be cut to save you a ton of money of your lifetime. Let’s check them out!
Look for Coupons
The first and most obvious ways are to look for coupons before you head out for your meal. You can find a lot of coupons all over the internet for just about every single restaurant. A lot of restaurants also send out coupons through the mail. Next time you are at your favorite eatery ask if they have a mailing list or email subscription that you opt in to. They’ll send promotional prices to your email or post box that you can use the next time you go there!
Water not Soda
Skip the carbonated drink and go for all natural water. Most restaurants charge way too much money for drinks. The most common price I have seen is somewhere around $3 PER DRINK. That adds up quick if you have a family of five out to dinner. Not to mention the health benefits that water has over soda, but this post isn’t about health habits!
Get Appetizers as Meals
A lot of restaurants have fairly large appetizers. Easily enough food for one or even two people. They are almost always cheaper than meals as well. If you can find an appetizer that you like, opt for that instead. You could even add on a cheap side of something else just to have a more balanced meal.
Watch for Deals
Restaurants run deals almost every week. Whether it’s half priced appetizers on Fridays, or “kids eat free Wednesday”. Be on the look out for deals like these for maximum money saving. There are some places that even do two for one deals.
Eating out doesn’t have to eat your bank account. There are many simple ways to save money when eating out. If you plan the meal the right way you can save hundreds of dollars every single year! What are some of your favorite ways to save money when eating out? Have you ever used any of these methods?