Dining out is usually one of the few things people scissor out of their spending budget, when they are on an undertaking to save money. Let’s be fair, day -by-day it is becoming harder and harder to find delectable food at an affordable pricing when you dine out! With that said, you can still pamper your taste buds within your monetary means by following the below-outlined money saving tips when you are in the traveling mode or a family night out!
Here are 5 tips to save cash while dining out:
- Say no to drinks
This is probably not the first time you have come across this tip! Not only carbonated drinks are bad for your health, but also it is a cash sucker. It quickly adds, and at the time of payment you wonder why the bill is 20$ above your expectations.
- Skip the appetizer
Starters are normally overpriced, and low in quantity as this is a passageway for the restaurants to go deep into their customer’s pocket. A Chips N dips box is just right to keep yourself entrained before the arrival of your friends or entrée.
- Pass the desert
While enticing, desserts are pricey and theses add 5 to 10$ per person to your dining bill! Instead of spending on them, stop by a grocery store while driving back home, and pick ice creams, and let your family, friends, or relative say thanks to you for such a lovely evening.
- Happy hour munching
Many top food establishments around the globe have “happy hour” dining where everything (or some things) on their menu is listed 40% off (or more). But, you have to fix your table at odds hours such as before 5PM, which is not feasible in some circumstances, especially when you have a family. Nevertheless, a tip worth trying for the batchers
- Kids Eat Free
Some eateries have started offering a free meal to kids as a part of their marketing campaign which they normally promote on their social media fan pages, and through physical hoarding in the streets. Usually, this deal allow one meal box free with one adult entrée
- Sign up and get special discounts on your inbox or text on your mobile phone
Bistro caters their local potential customers by giving special deals or discounts to those, who have signed up on their online newsletter with valid contact details.
- Mid-week dining
Stay away from dining out on weekends (whenever possible). To entice eaters to dine on slower nights, many eatery outlets put forward discounts, and some even chop their meal prices to half calling it mid-week special. Typically, these special offer days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. So, plan your family dines out accordingly. This tip also works, if want to unlock Travel and food deals!
- Dine at the Tavern
You can consider this tip if you dining alone, or with friends. A number of restaurants with bar license normally have two menus, one is for a bar table, and the other one is regular dining. Here, the former one is considerably cheaper at most restaurants.
Even though you’re looking to save cash while dining out, it’s still a good habit to leave an appropriate tip on the table.