Money Saving Monday: Eat out for less

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Be sure and check back every Monday for money saving tips for your family

Get dessert at home: Getting dessert at a restaurant can be fun but consider swinging by the grocery store on your way home instead. You can get a whole half  gallon of ice cream for what a small bowl will cost you eating out and then you’ll be able to enjoy it for the next few nights 🙂

Have the kids eat for free: When trying to decide where to eat out if you have a family visit this site first. They have a listing of restaurants where your kids can eat for free. That saves sometimes as much as $10 for our family on the bill!

Skip the appetizers: Appetizers are fun but usually end up costing more then just dinner. Don’t show up overly hungry and skip the appetizers 🙂

Share a meal: Getting your own meal is fun but at some restaurants they are so over portioned that you can be quite satisfied just sharing. This will cut your bill in half (provided you both like the same food). We do this for kids meals for our girls quite often. One kids meal split in half (they will often bring it to us on two plates) and then we load their plates with  goodies from our portions to fill out the rest.

Use restaurants.com: This program offers you huge discounts on your meals. Here is how it works you have to spend a certain amount (see each restaurant for details) but then they offer huge discounts (up to 75% off) once you’ve hit the minimum purchase amount. This deal is even sweeter because you can print of the certificates right from your computer so you can print them out the night you decide to eat out! Here’s an example at a restaurant in our are if you order at least $35 you can “buy” a $25 off coupon for $10. That means you just reduced your bill by $15. Click here for more details.

Use your entertainment book: See what deals there are and use them. The coupons can save you lots of Monday if you are going out to eat anyway. Click here to find out how to get a book for just over $2

What money saving ideas do you have for eating out?

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5 Responses

  1. Since our little ones are still small enough we can get away with this….we always pack stuff from home for Truitt to eat (or at least snack on). This way we are not purchasing an entire meal for him. We will give him things off of our plates or Keegan’s. He can eat 2 times what his big brother can eat. LOL!! We like to take crackers, YoBaby yogurt, cooked plain noodles, cut up grapes or blueberries, cheese or cucumbers. These are all things we already have at home and they are far cheaper than purchasing another meal. I’m not sure how much longer we will be able to get away with this though.

  2. That is a great idea, it helps with the impatient wait for food to arrive too :-). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great ideas for saving money on eating out! It all adds up!

    I always like to show my clients how small savings can add up to big money over time:

    Save $1 per day = $30 per month = $365 per year

    Save $50 week = $200 per month = $2,400 per year

  4. What a great reminder! Thanks for showing how those savings add up so quickly

  5. […] For other tips on how to get the most out of your dollar eating out click here! […]

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