Save Money When Dining Out
contributed by The Baroness In Oregon
5 Ways to Save while Dining Out
Insider Reports: Restaurant Savings
10 Tips for Dining Out on the Cheap
I have found that when you dine at a restaurant, you can save money by following these simple tips:
- Expensive restaurant you're dying to try? Have lunch or dessert there instead of dinner. The lunch menu is most likely the same as the dinner menu and the prices are usually much less at lunch time. Dessert is a great way to eat at a posh place, too! You get the experience and atmosphere for much less than the cost of lunch or dinner.
- Even if not listed on the menu, ask your server if half-portions are available. These are usually at a reduced price and are sufficient portions of food.
- Check the local freebie newspapers and visitor centers for restaurant coupons or deals. You'd be amazed at how much money this can save!
- If there is a culinary arts school in your area, chances are they serve meals to the public. Here in Portland, Oregon, we have Western Culinary Institute (affiliated with France's Le Cordon Bleu) and the Institute has two restaurants. One serves baked goods only and the other serves a five-course lunch for $14.95 and a five-course dinner for $24.95. The food is prepared by advanced culinary students, and the restaurant is staffed by advanced students in their restaurant management program. It's a great opportunity to not only have gourmet meals at a fraction of what you would pay in a fancy restaurant, but also you are helping these students accomplish their career goals.
- Drinking iced water with a slice of lemon or lime in it can be less expensive than ordering a beverage (unless included) with your meal. It's usually free!
- If you are near a local college or university, see if they have dining facilities open to the public. Most do. The food is usually decent and in some cases fancy! The prices aren't as low as they were in days gone by, but you will probably save some money as opposed to dining at a restaurant.
- Check the restaurant's daily specials. These can be real money-savers.
- Don't be afraid to eat half of what is on your plate and ask your server for a "doggie bag." This way you are getting two meals for the price of one!
If you use these tips, you can save some money when dining out! I do! Happy Dining.
"My Story" is a regular feature of The Dollar Stretcher. If you have a story that could help save time or money please send it by MyStory@Stretcher.com
Discuss "Eating Out for Less" in The Dollar Stretcher Community
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor. Just Click Here and tell us what's on your mind.
More Tips & Tools to Help You
Live Better...For Less
- Is your family normal? See how other households spend their money
- 5 big bills you can cut fast
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- What's on sale in November
- 4 steps to a simpler (and more frugal) life
- 10 things to make travel easier
- Two homemaking routines to keep your home running smoothly
- Ways to be a better father in trying times
- Frugal holiday baking and recipes
- Teaching kids about DIY projects
- Redefining work: Financial difficulties do not have to mean mom gets a job
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator