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. Avoid “Fancy” Restaurants

 Fancy restaurants, those with high-priced food and drinks, don’t have high prices because you get more food or because it’s necessarily better food.  They are higher-priced primarily because of the ambiance and the prestige that comes from eating at them.

2. Save Some for Later

if you’ve ordered a meal you can’t finish you can always pack it for later. In fact, eating half of your meal and saving the rest for another time is a great way to save money when eating out, and is an active part of my strategy for saving money.

3. Drink Water/Free Refill Drinks

First up is to skip the alcoholic beverages and stick with water or free refill drinks. If water isn’t your thing or you feel like splurging a bit, you can also save major money by picking a drink option that offers free refills. These drinks typically include soda, tea, and coffee.

4. Bottomless Foods

This option may not be as common, but you can still find deals for bottomless foods out there. 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.

5. Share a Meal

Sharing is caring, and in this case, frugal. Of course, sharing a meal may leave one or both of you wanting more. In this case, try ordering a cheaper appetizer or a salad as opposed to a full second meal.  You’ll save money and limit the calories you’re consuming.

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