5 Ways to Stretch a Buck: Eating Out

by Marcy on January 30, 2009 · 0 comments

Because my family enjoys eating out, we make sure to put a little extra in our budget each week for at least one dinner out. Even though we do budget for this, we still try to save money when we can. Here are 5 ways I like to stretch a buck while eating out:

1) Drink water! Alcohol and other beverages can really add to your total bill – especially if you have a large family.

2) When you can, choose breakfast or lunch out over dinner when prices are typically higher.

3) If you have kids, use a site such as Kids Meal Deals to find the best deal on kids meals at restaurants in your local area.

4) Split an entree. Order an extra side if need be…this will still be cheaper than ordering two entrees. Or (because we only have one toddler) my husband and I will often order entrees for ourselves and share with our daughter to save a few bucks.

5) Use coupons. In addition to coupons found in the Entertainment Book and Restaurant.com, I often find coupons to restaurants in my mail box, in the newspaper and online. Keep your eyes open, you never know where you might find a coupon.

There are lots of ways to save when eating out. What are your best tips for saving money while dining out?

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