Even though it can be a lot cheaper to cook for yourself than eat out, it’s also nice to relax, hang out with friends, and enjoy a meal at a restaurant every once in a while. Here are some tips on how I do it without breaking my budget.
Lunch instead of dinner. Lunch specials are cheaper than dinners, and breakfasts are usually even cheaper. If possible, I’ll meet up with my friends earlier in the day, we save some money, and it’s still just as fun!
Share. If you go to a restaurant with a significant other or friend, split a dinner and an appetizer between the two of you. At most restaurants this will be plenty of food for two people and cheaper than paying for two dinners.
Eat leftovers. Most restaurant portions are so huge these days that you can easily take home the leftovers and eat it as another meal. Two meals for the price of one!
Drink water. This one is simple. Water is free. Save and few bucks every time you eat out, and the savings add up quickly. If water is too bland, ask for a slice of lemon or lime for taste.
Wait for dessert. At most sit-down restaurants, desserts are a rip-off. Drop by the grocery store on the way home, pick up some ice cream, and make your own delicious concoction for only a fraction of the cost.