Insider Reports: Restaraunt Savings
10 Tips for Dining Out on the Cheap
Save Money when Dining Out
About once a week, my husband and I like to leave the cooking to others by eating at restaurants or bringing home take-out. Fortunately, we balance out that enjoyment by cooking at home most days and working within a budget.
Tips on saving while eating out have been published at The Dollar Stretcher before, so why another article? I'll focus on ways that we pay less than full price on the food ordered.
Another way we get "coupons" is with the purchase of the Entertainment Book for our local area. We get to try new (to us) establishments and get a free meal with the typical coupon. The book will also include offers to save at a wide variety of businesses. We use the grocery store coupons where the savings more than pay for the book.
The promotions that we take advantage of include more food for a lower price but usually limits menu selection. An example is the recent promotion at Chili's for three courses for two people for $20.
If you haven't tried Groupon, check to see if it is offered in your city. Each day you get a new offer and restaurants are just one of the businesses offering goods or services at a reduced price but always at least 50% off. Last month my family had $70 worth of food for a total outlay of $30. It was fun to treat my son and his wife to dinner and we got to try someplace new.
As you can tell, we eat at a variety of restaurants, ranging from steakhouses to locally owned to chains and eat for less at all. You don't have to give up restaurant dining to eat at a reasonable cost.
This is a guest post by Buck$ome, a baby boomer trying to make the most of her money while saving for retirement. Read more about her at Buck$ome Boomer's Journey to Retirement here. Subscribe to her RSS feed here to follow new posts.
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