How to save money when eating out

How to save money when eating out

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 save money when eating out 

  • 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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How to save money when eating out

  • 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 friends for recommendation 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 restaurant and then she couldn’t 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 on How to save money when eating out helps you eat out for less!





  1. May 15, 2012 / 11:33

    I’m so guilty of eating out too often.

    This is a really really great post – full of brilliant tips.

    I make sure I’m signed up to newsletters/facebook/twitter of all the chain restaurants and check out any offers or coupons before I go. You can get discount codes direct to your phone too for some places – handy if you forget to check beforehand, but make sure you check the terms and inform your waiter before ordering. x

    • Becky
      May 15, 2012 / 19:41

      Thank you Liz!

  2. The Thrifty Mum
    May 15, 2012 / 21:04

    Great post! It’s easy to save a few quid here and there without trying hard. And you don’t feel deprived because you’re still eating out.

    I second signing up to newsletters for vouchers. One of the best I reckon is Money Saving Expert – here:

    (I never eat out without a voucher!) x

    • Becky
      May 16, 2012 / 06:22

      Thanks for you comment the thrifty mum!

  3. kayleigh Dawn
    May 18, 2012 / 10:12

    Share a starter? OMG you kidding? I love food hahahaha 🙂

  4. Lisa Beddall
    May 19, 2012 / 11:08

    Using Tesco clubcard vouchers is a good way to treat can spend half as much if you swap them for vouchers for Ask, Pizza Express etc 🙂

  5. helen rhoads
    May 19, 2012 / 13:50

    A lot of the chain restaurants have offers like 2 for1 especially if you avoid fridays and the weekend

  6. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse
    May 19, 2012 / 15:47

    This is great, some good advice here!

  7. Lesley Bain
    May 21, 2012 / 22:01

    We tend to only go to the local restaurants on buffet night, then you know beforehand exactly how much it will cost….and you can eat as much as you like! 🙂

    Great tips….especially the tight skirt one granny 😀 x

  8. snafflesmummy
    May 23, 2012 / 21:04

    great tips. Dont get conned into buying special children s meals either. Often 1 adult meal is cheaper than 2 children and can be shared.

  9. Nicole S.
    May 23, 2012 / 23:32

    Thank you for the very helpful tips!!

  10. Samantha Ripley
    May 24, 2012 / 09:24

    ive started to use groupon for some good deals

  11. Sue Robinson
    May 24, 2012 / 10:54

    I always try to eat out late afternoon mid week with the kids as some restaurants have special mid week rates 🙂

    • Becky
      June 7, 2012 / 07:00


  12. Carol Masterton
    May 25, 2012 / 00:26

    Well I’m glad to say that I already do a few of the things you have mentioned. So we must be on the same wavelength and that’ll be why I like your thinking so much!

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