Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saving on Dining Out

Dining out at a nice restaurant doesn't have to be completely eliminated to live a frugal lifestyle. There are a few tips that you can do to enjoy an occasional dinner out without breaking the bank.

Keep your radar up. When the waiter or waitress suggests something for dessert like French silk pie, or maybe a cup of coffee after your meal, remember these suggestions add money to your bill. Keep your dinner simple to avoid paying extra.

Ordering water to drink is an easy way to save money while dining out. You usually have to pay for drinks separately and this can add an additional couple bucks per person to your tab. Ask them to add a lemon wedge to your water to give it some flavor.

Check your restaurant but typically eating out during lunchtime will be cheaper then eating at diner time.

Keep your eye out for coupons. Lots of restaurants put out half price coupons or buy one get one free entree coupons. is a great resource for coupons.

And lastly, lots of restaurants offer certain nights of the week where kids eat free.

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