8 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

8 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

Everyone loves dining out. It’s fun, relaxing and extremely convenient. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive. Here are some tips for saving some money when eating out at a restaurant:

1) Choose lunch over dinner

If your schedule permits, choose to dine out for lunch instead of dinner. The lunch crowd is often made up of office workers on a tight schedule and a tight budget – and restaurants know this. Dine at this time of day and you’ll be able to enjoy lunch specials at great prices.

2) Split your meal in two

Most restaurants offer food portions that are fit for more than one person. Save on your meal and split an entrée with your spouse. Young kids rarely finish their food – so have them share an entrée, as well! If you don’t feel it’s quite enough food, split an appetizer too.

3) Ask for a doggie bag

Is the size of your entrée too much for you? One trick is to separate your meal into half as soon as it arrives, then take the other half home for your lunch or dinner the next day. Restaurant leftovers are just as delicious the following day and you end up with two meals for the price of one.

4) Drink water

Drinks can definitely help rack up a bill if you’re not careful. Skip the soda or iced tea and choose to drink house water instead. If you want to drink something other than water, then ask your spouse if he or she wants to share a drink with you.

5) Have dessert somewhere else

A tiny dessert can cost quite a bit at a restaurant. If you’re on a limited budget, then settle your bill and head somewhere else for dessert. Why not satisfy your sweet tooth at a nearby fast food joint or bakery? Often you’ll get way more for your money.

6) Don’t split the tab

If you’re out with a group of friends or co-workers, then avoid splitting the bill evenly. Ask for your own bill so you won’t need to fund your friend’s beer while you drink your glass of water. If the entire group is sharing a bill, then beg off and say you need to leave a little earlier than everyone else.

7) Pay in cash

The next time you dine out, try paying for the entire meal in cash. You’ll be more watchful of the items you order, and you’ll also be forced to stick to a certain budget.

8) Use a Groupon

You can find lots of great local restaurant deals on Groupon where you can often save up to 50% off of your bill. I use Groupon deals quite a bit for several of my favorite restaurants and it’s been a great way find new places to try out.

9) Always leave a tip

Yes, we know that you’re trying to save money – but don’t save money at your server’s expense. If your server provided you with excellent service, then let him or her know you appreciated it!

Keep both your stomach and wallet happy. Try some (or all) of these tips the next time you dine out and you might even find yourself dining out more often!

Celebrate Dunkin Donuts DD Perks Anniversary!

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Have you signed up for the Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks rewards program yet? If you haven’t then this is a great time to do it! Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the one year anniversary of their DD Perks program.  The program started in January last year and by June there were over a million members. Guests can earn points towards free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages with the DD Perks Rewards program  and you’ll also get a free beverage in any size when you first sign up for the program. Once you’re enrolled you’ll earn five points for every dollar you spend when you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or through the Dunkin’ Mobile App. After you reach 200 points you’ll receive a coupon for a free beverage of your choice.

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I have always been a huge fan of Dunkin’ Donuts so I’m thrilled about the opportunity to earn points for goodies on purchases that I would make anyway! My five kiddos absolutely love when they get treated with Dunkin’ Donuts for doing great things like getting good grades on their report cards. Their donuts and beverages are always fabulous plus the service is fast and efficient, a must when bringing in five little ones, and we always have a great experience when we visit Dunkin’ Donuts.

Don’t forget to install the Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks mobile app on your smartphone, it makes it even easier to check your points, redeem your rewards and pay for your purchases. One of my favorite things about the app is that I can use it to send “gifts” electronically to other people. So for instance, I can tap a couple buttons on the app and send my mom enough to get donuts for everyone for the weekend since she often passes by Dunkin’ Donuts while I’m stuck at work. That’s a win-win for everyone, the kids, their grandparents and I all get our favorite donuts and beverages, mom gets to pick them all out and I pay for them without having to leave my desk!

Go sign up for the DD Perks rewards program and while  you’re at it go ahead and follow Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss any delicious news or specials!

Friday Faves: My Favorite Restaurant

I’m more than a little nervous, but I’ve decided to participate in a weekly vlog prompt with some blogging friends and I plan to bring you a new video every week on Friday. I hope you’ll bear with me as I try to figure out this vlogging thing, and I aim to get better at it each week. This week’s topic is to tell you about our favorite restaurant and dish there.

Back when I was in college, so like 100 years ago, I dated this guy who owned an Indian restaurant called The Oven. I became addicted to the food – the guy turned out to be a jerk, but I got a love of Indian food out of the deal.

The problem is that since I moved back home the nearest Indian food restaurant has been about an hour drive away. Now there’s an Indian place in downtown Pensacola and I’m really dying to try it, but they’re only open for lunch so I’m trying to figure out a way to make that happen. I’m planning to give it a try and promise to report back!

What is your favorite restaurant and dish? I would love to hear all about it!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

Tonight we’re planning to eat dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse – they still have the two full meals for $13.99 deal (only until 5pm on Friday) and I’m in desperate need of yeast rolls and peanuts. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash!  We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want.  Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

We haven’t been back to T.G.I.Friday’s in a few weeks and it’s hubby’s favorite, plus I have a free appetizer coupon from doing a survey on the receipt from the last visit so we’ll be headed there this evening. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash!  We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want.  Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

After all the cooking and the huge amounts of food we ate yesterday for Thanksgiving, I’m ready for something much lighter this evening, but I’m still looking forward to going out. I think we’ll save the leftovers for the weekend and go to our favorite Chinese buffet for supper. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash! We usually check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want. Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

We’ve had a bunch of sick kids (and then sick parents) to deal with this week and it seems like it lasted forever, so I’m looking forward to going to our favorite Chinese buffet tonight for dinner. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash!  We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want.  Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

We haven’t been back to T.G.I.Friday’s in awhile and hubby is having withdrawals so we’ll be heading over there this evening. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash! We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want. Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

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We went to Logan’s Roadhouse for their two meals for $13.99 deal a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to do that again so we’re going there tonight. I’m already thinking about steak tips and hot rolls! My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash! We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want. Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!

Restaurant Coupons for the Weekend

We’re planning to head over to Chili’s tonight to take advantage of their $20 Dinner for Two offer and there’s a coupon for free pretzel sticks or sweet potato fries that I’m wondering if we can use with the special. My husband and I plan a Friday date night dinner out every week and even though we’re usually home pretty early and then right back to work, it is so nice to have some quiet time together without the kids underfoot and dessert on a dish I don’t have to wash!  We like to check out the available coupons for our favorite local restaurants before deciding where we want to eat so we can save a few bucks, because we work hard to save where we can so we can spend where we want.  Check out our Restaurant Coupon Database here so you can find the best deals near you!