Every time we go out to eat at a restaurant or even grab take out, it seems that the prices for food only keep rising. As a result, I decided to start figuring out ways to allow us to still enjoy dining out without breaking the bank. Do you want to stretch your dining dollars to go twice as far?
Here are some simple tricks for you to start using to make your money last while eating out.
6 Simple Tips To Stretch Your Dining Dollars
#1. Order An Appetizer, Instead Of An Entree
Nowadays, the size of an appetizer is the size of what your meal should be! I’m not joking either. If you look at what an actual portion size should be, you would be amazed.
And with the size of appetizers, eating just an appetizer should be enough the make you full.
To stretch your dining dollars the furthest, go out to eat during happy hour and get 1/2 price appetizers!
#2. Only Order Drinks With Free Refills, Like Coffee Or Tea
Many restaurants are now charging for refills of soda. And in some cities, there is an astronomical tax on sugary drinks. Just ordering a soda will run you close to $5!
So stick to drinks that offer you a free refill. Or better yet, drink water. It’ll save you the most money.
#3. Take Advantage Of Combos Deals
Many restaurants are now offering combo deals. You can get an appetizer, main course and a desert for less than most other menu options. Of course, you don’t need to eat all of this food at one sitting.
So to stretch your dining dollars, order the combo meal and only eat the appetizer or the main dish. Take the rest home to eat at another meal.
Another option is it split a meal with a friend. Just order one dish but ask for two plates. However, before you do this, be sure to ask your server. Some restaurants don’t allow this or will charge you extra for doing so.
With that said, I’ve really only seen it at higher end restaurants or during special promotions or on holidays.
#4. Use Coupons When You Can – But Even More, Reward Card Programs
Many restaurants offer discounts and free items and it only takes a minute to enroll. The best time to score a free meal is on your birthday. Here is a list of over 100 places to get freebies on your birthday.