By April Lewis-Parks
We’ve all done it before – spending way more money at a fine dining establishment or upscale cafe than we should have.
While this can be fun, and reasonable to do once every so often, heading to high-priced eateries on a regular basis can lead to considerable dents in your wallet.
Regardless of whether you’re single person or a parent, living in the suburbs or the city, there are various ways you can save money when dining out.
Check out these three great ways to save a few extra bucks whenever you’re out at a restaurant. It can really help keep you stay under your budget each month.
Take advantage of coupons and discounted gift cards
With a seemingly endless number of coupon and deal websites out there, including Groupon and LivingSocial, consumers can save that coin by obtaining gift certificates to restaurants for a small price that actually allows them to get more when eating out.
Many establishments offer discounts on appetizers, entrees, drinks and more to entice buyers to come by. While a number of people who purchase these coupons end up spending more money, you can go out for a night on the town or lunch with friends with a plan and only buy what the certificate pays for.
You may be enticed by other offerings on the menu other than what’s been discounted to you, but if you stay steadfast in your money management, you can save some serious cash.
Skip desserts and high-end drinks
One big reason people love to go out is to splurge on a fancy dessert or cocktail. However, doing so can sometimes add a substantial amount to the bill. Avoiding these temptations may be hard, but doing so can help you out big time. Just think of all the things you can use the money (and calories) that you save from not getting cheesecake and two glasses of wine every time you go out.
Take the kids to restaurants that have free meals
Having kids can mean spending less on meals and beverages already, but you can conserve even more cash if you take children to restaurants that offer kid’s meals for free.
Not all eateries offer this deal, but with a quick online search of various review websites, such as Yelp, you can figure out the best place for you to bring children for a dish on the house. Local newspapers may also have coupons that offer these kinds of deals for children, so be sure to pick up local news publication from time to time to check out the deals!