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How to Save Money at Restaurants

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Going out to enjoy a meal is an awesome way to enjoy time with family and friends, but it can also become an easy way to drop a lot of cash in one session. If you stick to these guidelines you can save yourself some major cash when you eat out at a restaurant.

Eat a light snack before you go away to a restaurant. If you go starving, you will probably buy too much to eat or you may order the most expensive item on the menu. Don’t eat too much but merely enough to take the edge off of your appetite so you don’t spend as much money in the restaurant.

As much as you might enjoy a fruity, yummy drink (I know I do), you might want to keep the alcoholic drinks to a minimum or eliminate them all together. It is overpriced at restaurants and will usually cost more than your meal itself. If you must have an alcoholic beverage, then buy an inexpensive beer. Have one drink at home before you go out. Alcohol is how restaurants make cash so to save money, try not to drink too many when you are out.

Drink just water when you get to the restaurant. In a lot of cities tap water has more minerals than bottled. Some restaurants just fill their bottles up with purified tap water and charge you more!

In a hard economy, you have got to do anything you can to try and economize. Still, without a small indulgence every once in awhile, life is a boring existence. Eating out at your favorite restaurants is one way to get a little of joy for a minor price- if you do it correctly. Skimming just a little bit off of your ordinary meal ticket and doing a bit of research may mean you can eat out twice as often as you think you can and save money in the process.

Look for coupons for whatever restaurant you’d like to eat at. This may mean browsing through the local newspaper or doing some research on sites such as Groupon, Living Social, or Savemore, among others. Sometimes, a restaurant’s own website will have a coupon to attract in possible new customers. If you can obtain a money saving coupon or voucher from a deal site, you’ll whack money right off the top of your meal ticket.

Purchase a certificate for your meal from Restaurant.com. This website has some gift certificates at a huge discount off of the retail price.

Who doesn’t adore going out to eat a good meal? We all can agree that it is sometimes expensive, but the goal of this article is to give you a few tips on how to make your money go farther but still allow you to have a good dinner out.

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  • Nirra 09/12/2011, 6:52 pm

    I hope they help! I try not to go out to eat starving because when I do I end up spending more money than I’d like to

  • craftyone 07/18/2016, 5:20 am

    I rarely go out to eat these days. I cook more. The last few times I went out to eat I did not have to pay. $aving$

    • Nirra 07/18/2016, 5:49 pm

      Free eating is always a good thing 😀

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