9 Ways to Save Money When Eating Out

Ways to Save Money When Eating Out

Money spent on eating out is set to reach to reach an all-time high this year, and if you’re anything like me, eating out takes up a healthy portion of your monthly budget. Here are 9 ways to save money when eating out.

1. Happy Hour

Happy hour! Although days and times for happy hour varies by location, almost all happy hours will offer discounts on drinks and menu items, and possibly even free appetizers. The downside to happy hour is that it’s typically earlier in the evening (between 3 and 6) and you must sit down in the restaurant to take advantage of the deals.

2. Kids Eat Free

Another way to save money eating out that you may be familiar with is the kids eat free offer. While most restaurants offer a kid’s menu with lower-priced items, some will even offer a meal to kids under a certain age for free. A lot of the restaurants that offer this deal are either buffets or faster-food type places.

3. Look for Special Deals

This one applies mostly to fast food restaurants, but it can also apply to chains. Taking advantage of special or limited-time deals is a great way to save money when eating out. These deals could be discounts on regular menu items, special food/drink combinations, or even discounts on certain days.

4. Join Rewards Programs

While you’re probably familiar with rewards programs for companies dealing in travel, gas, and credit cards, you may not realize that most chain restaurants offer them as well. Like travel or fuel rewards, restaurants rewards programs are free to join and can save you a pretty penny if you like to eat out.

5. Drink Water/Free Refill Drinks

Skip the alcoholic beverages and stick with water or free refill drinks. Of course, the way to save the most money with drinks is to stick to water because it won’t cost you a thing. Plus, drinking water while eating out will help you reach your recommended daily intake of 6 to 8 glasses a day. You can save money and be healthy!

6. Bottomless Foods

Of course, you will have bottomless everything if you visit a buffet! Whether it’s a buffet or a specific menu-item, choosing bottomless food options will help you cut down on your spending by allowing you to order less or to order a few items that you can share.

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