Eating out on a budget

I’ve mentioned before on this blog how much I enjoy eating out whenever I get the chance.  There’s something about food having been cooked by someone else that makes it taste nicer.  Fortunately, my bachelor lifestyle means that I’m able to splash the cash, not having many other expenses.  In the early days, however, I used to be quite good at being frugal.

One of the best ways I’ve found to help minimise costs when eating out is to head out for lunch instead of dinner.  This is a really good way of saving money, especially if you’ve got a family to feed.  Quite often, restaurants will charge a good 25% more for a dish if you order it in the evening.  Alright, you aren’t going to be able to head out during a school week, but for the weekends I’ve always found this to be a good cash saver.

Also, check out the web for potential savings.  I’ve only begun doing this within the last year or so, but there are a lot of websites out there that offer vouchers to help save you cash.  From what I can see, a lot of it comes down to the recession cutting down the amount of people heading out, so restaurants offer vouchers to try and entice people back.  Definitely a good way of saving cash!

Finally, look for deals.  Almost all restaurants – especially gastro-pubs – will do a “two meals for a tenner” type offer, or “beer and a burger”.  Always have a good look at the menu and ask the waiter if there are any offers on.  I’ve always thought that if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

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