Now more than ever, people are being smarter with their money. And one of the areas that usually takes a budget cut when times are tough is the eating out category. Restaurants are working harder than ever these days to bring more and more customers in to generate more revenue, and they are doing this through various means of saving you money. Talk about a win/win, right?
So is it possible for a family of four to eat out for less than $30? I do it on a regular basis, and here's how. Here are 9 ways to can save on eating out:1. Follow your favorite restaurants on their social channels.
Many offer specials, discounts and coupons to fans or followers.
2. Use coupons whenever possible.
Sometimes restaurants will offer coupons in the local paper, the local magazine, on the back of grocery store receipts and in other places. It's a good idea to keep any eye out for coupons whenever possible. Some other ways to get great discounts and coupons:
3. Use your smartphone and checkins to save.
- Entertainment Book
- Living Social
Apps like Facebook,
Yelp, Foursquare and ScoutMob all sometimes have specials for checkins. I've gotten a few free meals this way.
4. Dine in the middle of the week when restaurants offer
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically the slowest nights for
restaurants, and many of them offer specials to entice more customers to come
in.5. Dine during lunch hours.
If your schedule will allow it, lunch is the better time to eat out. Lunch prices are usually a lot
cheaper than dinner prices, and the portions are fairly similar in size, if
just a bit smaller.
6. Share your meal.
Portions at dinner time can often be enough to
feed two people, so you save on the cost of food by splitting an entrée with
another person. 7. Avoid the drinks if possible.
Sticking to water can significantly
cut the cost of eating out. $2 per soda? That's an $8 savings for a family of four
if you stick to water.
8. Take advantage of gift card promotions.
oftentimes offer a free bonus gift card if you purchase a certain amount in
gift carts. This is especially true during the holiday season.
9. Use your Kroger plus card to purchase your restaurant gift
cards at Kroger
, and you'll earn gas points to save 10 cents off per gallon at
the pump. Then use your gift cards along with the other tips listed here and
you are not only saving on eating out, but also saving on the cost to drive
What are some of your favorite ways to save on the cost of eating out? Do you think it's possible for a family of four to eat out for $30 or less? Share your thoughts in the comment section!Crystal Collins, a Savings.com DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at TheThriftyMama.com.
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