Going out to eat can be a costly pastime, but it's a well-deserved treat even for those on a frugal budget. You can minimize the shock when you get the bill by being aware of one of the highest unsuspected costs on the menu: drinks. Many restaurants don't even include prices next to their drink offerings, so diners unsuspectingly add almost half or, in the case of alcohol, over half of their meal price in order to quench their thirst. Dining out should be a pleasant experience, not one filled with regret over the unexpected cost. Consider these tips the next time you're eating away from home.
Saving money when dining out may seem like a contradiction; if you want to save money, stay home. But eating at a restaurant is a great way to reward yourself for a well-kept budget, and it's a common way to celebrate birthdays and other special events. But don't leave all of your money saving tips at home. Saving on drinks can really add up. You can plan another night out just from your savings on a couple meals!
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