Eating Out Frugally

Eating out can be enjoyable but also quite expensive. Luckily, there are ways you can easily save money when dinning out and make it a more affordable experience.

Take Advantage of Freebies
Many restaurants offer a reward, such as a $5 off coupon on your birthday, for signing up for their newsletter. What does your favorite restaurant offer?

Say No to “the extras”
Next time you go out to eat, try to pass on ordering a drink, appetizer or desert (unless you have a coupon) and just enjoy your entrée. These are all fun things to order in addition to your entrée, but the truth is that they aren’t necessary and can add up quickly! Let’s face it – drinking tap water has never killed anyone.

Order Strategically
If you or your spouse doesn’t typically eat a lot, try splitting an entrée or even ordering from the kids menu. Or, if you find yourself having food leftover, make sure you take it home and save it for another meal.

What does your family do to make eating out more affordable?