Going Out to Eat On a Budget
Going out to eat is part of many cultures. In Italy they love to have long five or six course dinners, with dessert and cocktails after. In Greece they eat late at night and its party of the party life, in London people snack and eat on pub food for hours on end and in American we get drinks, wait for a table, eat appetizers, meals, and go out for more drinks after. Not all night are so over the top but if you’re looking for tips on how to have a great night out and save money here are a few I thought of.
Tip #1: Use coupon websites to purchase gift cards at a lower price than the actual gift card is worth. For example, you may be able to purchase a $50 gift card for $30, sometimes these gift cards exclude alcoholic beverages, but you can eat a great meal for two to four people then pay cash for your drinks.
Tip #2: Look for restaurant coupons in your mail, local paper, or online. We get restaurant coupons on daily basis, and I never throw them away! Keep them in your car in case you stop into the local diner where you have 20% off purchase of $5 off a $20. These kinds of coupons can pay for your soda pop or cheese sticks!
Tip #3: Follow your favorite restaurants on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email are great ways to keep you in the loop as to what promotions and events are going on at your favorite restaurants in town. Sometimes they have printable coupons or customer appreciation emails to save you a lot of money next time you go out to eat.
Tip #4: Share for your food with someone. Potions are usually huge at chain restaurants and there is no need to finish a giant Cobb salad or five piece fish and chips dinner alone. Ask for an extra plate to share the meal, buy one entree and small appetizer to save so much money.
Tip #5: Pre-drink and eat before you go out to eat with friends. Invite people over and have cheap snacks and mystery punch using all the left over liquor, juice and soda. This will satisfy people and get them a little buzz prior going out.
If these tips aren’t for you, you can always bring your wealthy Grandparents and I’m sure they will pay!