Everyone is so money conscious today. It’s important to do whatever you can to try to spend less. That is especially true if you enjoy eating at restaurants, which can really stretch the household budget. If that’s one of the things you’re not willing to completely sacrifice to the bad economy, there are ways you can save money while still eating out.
The first thing you might want to do is check out some of the coupon books that have been around for several years. One of the most popular is the yearly Entertainment Book. The usual price is about $35, but because it’s the holidays, they are selling it for $10 off that price. All you have to do is go online and enter entertainment.com. When you reach that site, merely fill in your zip code and it will pop up the version that is for the closest city nearest you.
A lot of the coupons in the book are two for one, and some can be used over again, instead of just once. There are coupons for all priced restaurants from expensive to fast food, so you can decide how much you want to spend or save for each outing. It’s also a terrific way to discover new places that you may have never thought about trying.
Another great offer, if you are a senior, is the early bird special. Many restaurants offer this, and you really can save some money by just eating earlier in the day. There are also restaurants that offer lower prices for senior citizens on their menu, not restricted to a certain time of day.
You can cut your restaurant bill down in other ways, too. For example, vow not to order appetizers, alcoholic beverages, or desserts. They can all add lots of extra dollars to your final bill. You can have drinks or desserts at home that will cost a fraction of the price at a restaurant.
Some restaurants will allow you to share, also; but it sometimes means a small fee applied to the bill, usually just a few dollars.
Yet another way to save while eating out is to go out for breakfast or lunch, rather than dinner. Those two meals are certainly less expensive than almost anything you would order for dinner, so just by switching to a different meal, you will be able to save.
Last but not least, as you peruse the menu, be aware of the prices listed. It’s obvious that you will save by ordering meatballs and spaghetti that comes with salad and garlic bread over the broiled stuffed lobster dinner. Even if you’re longing for the higher priced entree, you’ll surely be able to find something else less costly that you like.
By paying attention to these tips, you will find yourself saving enough money at restaurants to go out more frequently, if that is one of your favorite methods of relaxing.
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