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Eat Out for Less
Eating out can be a real treat, but often the resulting bill is anything but. Here are a few simple strategies to cut your bill, so that you can enjoy your restaurant meal without the side of guilt:
1. Share a Meal
Restaurant portions are often huge, so consider splitting a dish with someone else. If you ask, many establishments will even divide your order onto two plates before bringing it out to you. The unexpected bonus for your frugal efforts? Fewer calories and fat grams hitting your waistline.
2. Drink for Free
Drinks can really add to your tab (usually $1.50-$3.00 per beverage), particularly if you’re drinking something that is billed by the glass. To keep your check as lean as possible, order water (ask for lemon or lime or bring a Crystal Light flavor pack with you if you really don’t like water). Can’t do without that alcoholic beverage? Know your restaurants Happy Hour before leaving the house. Often times you have to sit in the bar area to receive the deal, now that restaurants are non-smoking it is not a bad choice if you are looking to get a deal, Happy Hours often include appetizers at a discounted price as well.
3. Clip and Save
Coupons aren’t just for groceries. Flip through your local newspaper and junk mailers (ours usually comes on Tuesdays in the mail) and you’re likely to find lots of restaurant coupons. Buy one get one free offers can make a big dent in the price of eating out, so they’re worth the search time. For even more savings, consider investing in a school coupon book or the Knoxville Lifestyles Book.
4. Go Kid-Friendly
Lots of establishments feature special nights where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Do a little research to find restaurants in your area that do this, and you could slash your meal cost in half. Also, consider having your children split a meal. I have two small children and they can’t even finish half a kid’s meal, plus they always mooch off of my plate. I order one meal and they split it.
5. Eat Out Early
Eating out at dinnertime is often much more expensive than eating out at lunchtime – even if the same foods are on the menu. Make the switch to mid-day meals, especially if you are out on a weekend – you will avoid the higher price tags and probably the crowd as well. We usually just have a small dinner after this because we are still full.
6. Order by Phone
Many restaurant chains now offer car-side service, making it easy for you to get your favorite meals to go. How does this save you money? By taking the sit-down experience out of the equation, you can skip the drink order entirely and also avoid having to pay a tip – a savings of 20% by itself. Note: if you are getting curbside pick-up, a small tip is, in my opinion, still necessary – but not 20%
7. Buy Discounted Gift Certificates
Purchase discounted gift certificates to your favorite restaurants through Restaurant.com, where $25 gift certificates sell for as little as $2(there are some string attached). Also check out HalfoffDepot.com, you are buying actual gift certificates, no strings attached, for half price!!! I suggest signing up for their e-mails because the deals go fast. Don’t forget about Groupon and Living Social as well, their deals change daily so it is important to be signed up for their email updates so you don’t miss a dea
8. Buy a School Coupon Book
The school coupon books are great. They usually feature more of the fast casual places – like Salsarita’s and Lenny’s Subs and also for pizza and some sweet treats (Froyos and Marble Slab) (ask your child’s school when they will be available).
9. Visit your favorite restaurant’s websites/Facebook pages
Most of the big chain restaurants have eClubs, they will usually email a FREE entrée or appetizer coupon when you sign up and then continue to email or mail you coupons through out the year. I never eat out without one of them. Also see if your favorite restaurants (big chains and small local places) are on Facebook. It is a great way to keep up with new food specials, happy hours and coupon opportunities. Here are some restaurants to checkout online
If you don’t see your favorite restaurant here then just Google it and see if they offer anything.
Most importantly, if you cannot afford to eat out and tip, then don’t do it. Consider take-out, most of these coupons can be used for carry out as well as dining in, or cook at home, which is always cheaper. No server is waiting tables because they love to do it, not for $2.13 per hour.
Cheap Eats for Kids
Pimento’s Café Tues &Thurs 3-8pm 2kids/adult
Fudrucker’s Mon-Wed after 3pm
Firehouse Subs Wednesdays after 4pm Applebee’s Monday night 1 child/adult
Fazoli’s Tuesday 5-8 Kids eat for $.99 These are franchised so check before you order
TGI Fridays Sun-Thurs All day 1child/adult
Cpt. D’s FREE on Thursday 2 children with adult purchase Hooter’s Saturday til 6pm With adult purchase
Moe’s (Northshore) Saturday
CiCi’s pizza Kids under 3 eat FREE
Shoney’s Kids under 4 eat FREE
Petro’s(Cedar Bluff) Mon-Wed 5-8
Qdoba Sat &Sun
Perkins All day Tuesday
IHOP Mon-Fri 3-9 PM
Golden Corral FREE until age 4
Silver Spoon Kids 10 and under eat FREE – you have to ask for it
Burger King Kids eat for $.99 with adult combo purchase