If you love to eat out, knowing how to eat for less is very handy. Here are some simple chanages you can make to ensure you still get to eat out but without the high cost.
Here are my ten top tips on how to eat out for less:
- Drink tap water when you are out and do ask for a jug to be placed on the table. Soft drinks can hugely hike up a bill. If you don’t specify tap water you will get bottled water which is also expensive.
- Before you come out have a piece of fruit this will stave off hunger pangs so you wont be tempted to order a huge amount just because you are hungry. Have a good lunch before you go out in the evening.
- If you must have starters consider sharing one. They often spoil meals if you have to much anyway.
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- When it comes to main meals remember a pizza and salad can easily be shared too. In Indian restaurants I often order a couple of side dishes rather than an expensive main.
- Have pudding and a good coffee back at home. Perhaps a nice tub of ice cream or a creamy cake could be back waiting for you. This is a far cheaper option than buying in a restaurant. Puddings for 4 can come to about £20.
- Call the restaurant you fancy eating out and see when they have any discounts on, is it cheaper before 7 or Monday to Thursday? Perhaps it has happy hour on drinks after 8? Ring them up and don’t be afraid to ask. it could make a big difference to your bill.
- Consider a bring your own wine restaurant but do find out what they charge for corkage and if it is per bottle.
- Encourage someone to be the designated driver (take this in turns) and find out about fee car parking nearby the restaurant by calling and asking.If everyone fancies a drink find out about bus times or arrange for a lovely partner to pick you all up.
- Ask around frineds for recommnedation of great value restaurants, somewhere off the beaten track and unfancy may still do amazing food.
- Try and get a free baby sitter ask family or close friends and be sure to return the favour in some way (baking a cake mowing the lawn for them or a reciprocal baby sit. I always think living out the tea things, explaining the remote control and making sure the kids are asleep really endear you to a babysitter. A few choccy biscuits wouldn’t go amiss either.
- P.S I do have one extra tip. My granny used to say she would always wear a tight skirt to a resturant and then she couldnt overeat or her buttons would be in danger of popping off. She as a card my granny! Do you have any top tips for eating out on a budget?
Good luck – hope this advice helps you eat out for less!