10 Tips to Save Money at Restaurants

January 15th, 2009 Posted in Life|Money Smart Tips

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How To Save Money At Restaurants

We all love to eat out at restaurants. Have you ever noticed that if you follow a few simple steps, you will be able to cut down your restaurant bill in considerable amount, e.g., 20% to 30%. Below, you will find ten tips which will save you some money at restaurants. You may not be able to use all of these; however, I don’t see why can’t you use at least one tip.

1. Beverages Are a Rip off Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, juices etc at restaurants. These items have a high markup and you will be saving a lot just by drinking plain water. 

2. Eat Out With Friends and Family Always try to visit restaurants with a few people. The more number of people you have, the better. It’s simple Economies of scale. Your meal will cost more if you are alone and you will be wasting foods because items are so plentiful. Example: if you have five people, you don’t need to order five main dishes. Order three main courses and two appetizers or salad. 

3. Coupons Save You Money Use coupons. Find coupons in the newspaper, in the mail, on restaurant’s website, sometimes on the takeout menu. Also, if you join their emailing list, restaurants send out promotional coupons via email once in a while.

4. Look for Deals Always beware of special day deals, e.g., “kids eat free night”, “parents eat free night”, “birthday deal night”. Restaurants often offer deals on one slower night of the week such as Monday night, Tuesday night etc. By eating on these nights you will be able to save a lot. 

5. Lunch is Better Than Dinner Lunch will always cost you less than dinner. Lunch menus are often similar to dinner menus but you will be paying a lot less just for eating at a different time of the day.

6. Leftovers Should Not Stay Behind Do not leave your leftovers behind. Pack them up and they will save you money at home on the next day.

7. Avoid Appetizers Appetizers  or deserts are unnessery, wasteful, and usually cost a lot (another high markup item). By the time I finish eating main course at a restaurant, I find it hard to eat anything else. 

8. Special of the Day Before start browsing the menu, ask if they have any special of the day. Special of the day always provides better deal than items on the menu. 

9. Combo Makes Sense When ordering, pick combo or tiered meals instead of picking individual items. Combo means always cost less than if those same items were picked individually.

10. Plan Ahead and Stay Within Your Limit Plan ahead. Decide how much you want to spend and check a few restaurant websites to see where you can get a better deal. Also, plan how many times in a month you want to dine out. Do not cross your monthly set limit to visit restaurant and do not go over your decided amount to spend. 

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  1. 9 Responses to “10 Tips to Save Money at Restaurants”

  2. By Kristy on Jan 19, 2009

    I like the majority of these, but there are two I find difficult to do.

    I can’t stand the tap water at most restaurants. It tastes funny – of course, most tap water in the city I live in tastes funny, so that’s probably why. But, I also drink water all day long, so having a soda with my meal is preferred. Yes, you pay a ridiculous markup on the soda, but for all intents and purposes, two bucks on a meal isn’t really worthwhile enough for me to go with water. I might as well eat at home anyway.

    As far as ‘the more people you have, the less you’ll spend,’ I WISH I could get people to do that, but the problem is that so many people have completely different tastes that everyone wants their own meal. It’s just a given that everyone gets their own plate.

    The others on the list aren’t bad, but these two points in particular I just couldn’t see doing. I guess the reason for me is that when I eat out, it’s a treat. I plan on spending the money.

    Anyway, nice post. There are some great ideas here!

  3. By PizzaForADream on Jan 20, 2009

    We’ve become experts at this over the years. Another to add to this list is to not go out to eat at all. I’m constantly amazed at how often most of our friends go out to eat. Eat and home and save tons!!

  4. By A.D. on Jan 20, 2009

    Most probably … this is the best tip ever.

  5. By easy ways to save money on Feb 11, 2009

    Nice post
    Everyone can save money in small and seemingly insignificant areas if you know how and where to do it.
    These are all great ideas
    Great tips! I’ll be coming back to learn more about saving money!

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