Something that everyone loves doing is eating out, going to a nice restaurant or even staying in and ordering food. For some it’s nice not having to cook for oneself and being able to take a night off. On the other hand, some people have a lifestyle of dining out almost every day of the week. Whether one is more the former or latter (especially the latter), eating out can be an expensive affair.
24/7 Wall St. has brought its readers a new “How to Save Money” series on various aspects of daily expenses and covering personal finance. The aim to help consumers cumulatively save millions of dollars over the course of each year.
We have put together a few simple and handy tips that any consumer has the ability to do in an effort to save real money on the next trip dining out. Most importantly, these simple tasks can be adopted and used in many future meals as well.
Before we begin, the most important takeaway from this is to have a budget and take care of your money.
Let’s begin with research. Before you go out, it is important to know where you want to go, in terms of what deals or specials may be offered that day. Even perusing the Internet for promotional codes or coupons to your favorite joint can prove fruitful as well. Popular websites for this include RetailMeNot and Groupon. Some restaurants allow their patrons to BYOB if they would want to enjoy their own wine, which can save the 100% to 200% markup per bottle.
A more traditional method for saving money in this context is using coupons. This may be one of the more tedious methods for patrons, to obtain these coupons for local or national chains one must go through junk mail, newspapers or magazines.