Many of us spend a lot of money eating out and socialising. Interestingly the takeaway industry has been doing really well during the last few years. You would think that they would be going through a tough time like so many retailers however takeaways are very recession proof.
Restaurants seem to be quieter though. A couple of friends of mine who work in the wine industry are doing really well as they are finding people are buying more wine as they are entertaining more instead of going out to restaurants.
Consider trying some of the following tips next time you go out to eat:
1) Is there an expensive restaurant you’re dying to try? Have lunch or dessert there instead of dinner. The lunch menu is most likely the same as the dinner menu and the prices are often less at lunch time. Dessert is a great way to eat at a posh place, too! You get the experience and atmosphere for much less than the cost of lunch or dinner.
2) Even if not listed on the menu, ask if half-portions are available. These are usually at a reduced price and can be sufficient portions of food if you are not a big eater.
3) Check the local freebie newspapers for restaurant coupons or deals. You’d be amazed at how much money this can save!
4) If its in your area purchase your local Entertainment Book for $65 which can be paid for in as little as one to two meals. There are also other coupons for things like entertainment and travel as a bonus.
6) Drinking iced water with a slice of lemon or lime in it can be less expensive than ordering a beverage. It’s usually free!
7) Share an entree and/or main with your companion. This can be great for experiencing a couple of flavours, reducing the amount you eat as we often overeat just because its there and best of all its great for your wallet.
8 ) Try your local food court. Whilst the atmosphere is not usually that great the food and prices can more than make up for it.
9) Check the restaurant’s daily specials. These can be good money-savers.
10) Don’t be afraid to eat half of what is on your plate and ask your waiter for a “doggie bag.” This way you are getting two meals for the price of one!