Everyday Cheapskate: 10 Ways to Save Money Eating Out at Restaurants
"The average American household spends most of its money -- 62% of an average $56,000 in annual expenditures -- on just three things: housing, transportation, and food," says Business Insider. If you want to cut costs and save money, food is the place to start.
Reducing restaurant visits and increasing your home-cooked meals is a surefire way to cut food costs. And when you do opt to eat out, here are 10 realistic, ethical and pretty awesome ways to keep your tab lean!
Many restaurants offer a reduced-price menu for seniors and children, typically with smaller portions. If you or someone in your party qualifies, be sure to inquire whether the special pricing shows up on the regular menu.
SKIP THE SODAS
Skip the pricey drinks and dubious "free refills" altogether and you'll save at least $2 a person.
SPLIT TO SAVE
Splitting a meal these days is socially acceptable and economically savvy. While some restaurants charge a minimum for splitting, most are very accommodating. Even if you have to pay a buck or two to split, it's still better than paying for two meals you cannot eat completely.
If you're embarrassed about sharing, don't be. If you must explain, say you are a light eater or that you're doing your duty to the Earth by not overconsuming.
Many restaurants are so accommodating they'll split the meal in the kitchen rather than handing you an extra plate.