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 simple ways to stretch our dining dollars.
By making our money go father, we can still enjoy dining out without breaking the bank.
The good news is that I’ve figured out a handful of easy things that have worked. We are able to save money eating out and still stay within our budget.
In fact, by using the best tricks I’ve found, we usually are under budget come month end!
Do you want to learn how to stretch your dining dollars?
Here are the simple tricks you can start using to save money eating out at restaurants.
11 Simple Tips To Stretch Your Dining Dollars
#1. Order An Appetizer Not 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.
The next time you dine out, look at your plate and then think about these portion amounts:
- Half of your plate should be vegetables
- A quarter of your plate should be starches like potatoes, rice, or pasta
- A quarter of your plate should by protein/meat
Alternatively, you can use your hand as your guide. Look at your open hand. Your palm is equal to roughly 3 ounces of meat.
Now clench your hand into a fist and look and the front part where your fingers are. This area is equal to ½ cup, which is how much starch you should be eating.
Finally, if you rotate your fist so that you are looking at your palm and fingers, this is equal to 1 cup, which is how much vegetables you should be eating.
After keeping these measurements in mind, you will see that eating just an appetizer should be enough to make you full.