Nothing feels more like a punch to the gut than realizing your restaurant tab chewed quite an unexpected hole through your budget. When it comes to dining out, there are countless money traps disguised as harmless additions, and being a cheapskate can help you keep within budget. To name a few, this post contains the top 3 to-don’ts that will help save you money when dining out on a budget.
Ordering More Than You Can Eat.
Most every restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with tantalizing menu descriptions that are more than twice the size of a regulated portion. This results in a lot of food – and money – wasted.
To avoid spending money on food that will inevitably end up in the trash, don’t order more than you can eat. Instead of ordering an array of appetizers, entrees, and sides, order one dish at a time. You can also order meals to share with someone at your table; not only will this guarantee an empty plate, but it will also cut your total in half if you’re sharing the price as well!
Chugging Your Money.
The amount restaurants charge for drinks can add a heavy weight to our already heavy total. Instead of drinking your money, request a glass of water instead of a soft drink, which costs an average of $3.00, or an alcoholic beverage that can easily tack on another $7.00. Whatever you do, beware of the super duper, frozen, fruity, iced tea/slushy/smoothie/milkshake specials loaded with additional charges and tossed into a blender to justify charging another extra dollar or two.
Paying Full Price.
If you could save a little extra money on anything, why wouldn’t you? As far as dining is concerned, there are countless possibilities to save money with discounted gift cards and coupons. You just have to know where to look!
Groupon – the leading company in supplying outstanding coupon codes – has recently developed a very useful restaurant directory called, Groupon Pages. This is a compilation of restaurant listings in your area that includes great deals, informative details, and reviews! Take a peek at this Groupon Page for The Emerald Restaurant in Austin, TX.
Don’t throw your money away with wasted food, don’t chug your money in alcohol or restaurant specials, and hunt for deals and discounts before you step out to dinner. As long as you abide by these three guidelines, you’re sure to save a considerable amount on your next meal!