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How to Save Money When Eating Out

January 13, 2015

Eating out can be cheaper than preparing a meal at home. It may be hard to believe but it's true in some cases. Without resorting to cheap fast food or going to any extremes, there are ways to cut down on how much you spend when you eat out. They are the following: 

1. Share - Portion sizes can vary widely, but some restaurants serve enough to feed two people. Dishes like this could easily be shared between two people. If the main dish seems not quite enough, you can split the appetizer or dessert. This will cost less than adding another dish to your bill.

2. Don't leave your leftovers - Take the leftovers home. If your kids can't finish the large portions, just doggie bag them. You can have them for lunch the next day.

3. Skip the drinks - Opt for some service water. It's a lot healthier to drink water than lattes or sodas. Restaurants get high profit from drinks and not from the meals they serve.

4. Try couponing - Coupons can save you a great deal. Believe it or not, a coupon can already give you two meals.

5. Get breakfast or lunch - Eating out for breakkfast or lunch is a lot cheaper than eating out for dinner. Breakfast with eggs, potatoes and toast dish will only set you back a few bucks at a diner-type joint. Lunch specials often come with extras like salads and soups.

6. Try the kids or senior menu - Ask if you can order for the kids or senior menu even if you don't belong to the age group. A kids or senior menu provides regular meals in smaller servings and so they cost less. 


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