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You can cook, stockpile, potluck and resist temptation to save some money, but sometimes it’s just nice to go out for a meal, especially if there’s reason to celebrate. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. Here are some ways you can keep the costs of eating out under control.
Coupons – It’s worth searching online for coupons to your favorite restaurants. You can also take advantage of deals at sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Restaurant.com.
Order Water – It’s free and your body is craving it anyways. Plus, it’ll save a few bucks compared to ordering a soda.
Eat Out for Breakfast or Lunch – At many places, the prices for these meals are cheaper and serve the same size portions. You’ll also dodge the crowds.
Dine Out on the Weekdays – Besides dodging the weekend crowds, you’ll be privy to weekday specials.
Take Part In Surveys – A bunch of restaurants offer discounts on future visits when you give them some helpful feedback.
Pass on Dessert – Do you really need it? If so, pick up some ice cream from the grocery store on your way home.
Go International – Ethnic restaurants serve amazing food sometimes at a fraction of the price than the chain establishments.
Kids Eat Free Nights – Look out for these! Places like Denny’s, Friendly’s and IHOP are big on these.
Go Veggie – Meat’s expensive. Vegetarian entrees are sometimes way less expensive.
Skip the Alcohol – If you can, skip the adult beverages since that’s where restaurants place a high margin. If you really need to, look for places that allow you to bring in beer and wine. They exist.