Going to eat with family or friends is a fun way to pass time and get a break from cooking at home. Unfortunately, many cash strapped adults find it difficult to dine out on a regular basis. With the rising costs associated with dining and entertainment it is often more affordable to stay at home. We understand how frustrating it can be to put off dining out because of money and have a few tips that can help you save money when dining out.
Take Advantage of Lunch Specials
Throughout the week most restaurants are slowest during the afternoon. In order to entice diners the majority of dining establishments offer deeply discounted lunch options. Even though dinner and a movie is more traditional, try to dine out only during the afternoon. Limiting yourself to the lunch menu you will help you save money when dining out and increase your chances of receiving excellent service.
Beverages are typically the most marked up item on the menu of any restaurant. Whenever possible order water or water with lemon instead of a carbonated or alcoholic beverage. Sticking to water can help a group save $2.95 per person and those savings add up quickly.
Stick to Self Serve Establishments
Service is actually one of the most expensive aspects of dining out. Tipping 15 to 20 percent is often the cost of an additional entree, and restaurants offering full service dining usually charge more money to compensate for the wages of additional staff. Going to a cafeteria, buffet, or fast food restaurant helps you save money by eliminating the need to tip and reducing the cost of each meal.