If you are like most people these days, you are always looking for ways to save a dollar here and a dollar there. Saving money has become a necessity these days and savvy consumers know, that you can save money and still enjoy many of the “extras” in life. Eating out is a good example, of how people can enjoy an evening away from cooking and clean-up while saving a bit of money in the bargain. Here are some tips on how you can save money when dining out.
Look for Those Mid-Week Specials
Many restaurants do a booming business on weekends, and then have difficulty filling their seats during the week, so they often offer mid-week deals such as free desserts, free beverages, or reduced prices in order to entice people to come in an eat during those slow weekdays. Many of these restaurants have these special deals printed up in the paper, or announce them on their website of Facebook page, so that finding them is relatively easy with just a little bit of effort on your part.
Bring A Guest And Get A Discount On Your Own Meal
Some restaurants offer discounts to their regular patrons if they eat dinner out with a guest. If you are planning on having dinner out with friends, this is a great way to get a little off on your own meal. Usually such discounts are offered for a limited time and you normally get between 10% and 25% off on your own meal.
Coupons and Discount Codes
You can also check the Internet or you local paper for discount coupons or codes. There are many eating establishments that regularly offer coupons to customers and potential customers. These coupons can vary as to the amount and the type of money saving deals that are available depending on the restaurant. Some coupons offer a set discount such as 10% or 20% off a meal. Others offer 2 for 1 dinners, free appetizers or free desserts.
You do need to read the coupons fine print carefully since some of these coupons cannot be used with other money saving offers or only so many coupons are allowed per table.
Special Birthday Deals
Some restaurants offer special birthday deals such as the giving the person who is celebrating the birthday a free dinner as long as another person orders a full dinner. Other restaurants offer a free drink, free appetizer, or free dessert to the birthday guest. You will be required to provide proof of your birthday in order to take advantage of one of these birthday deals.
Kids Eat Free
If you are a parent and want an evening out to dinner with the kids, then choosing a coupon or a restaurant where kids eat free can save you a good deal of money. However, you do keep in mind that most restaurants consider children 12 or over as adults and so their “eat free” offer many not apply to them. Normally restaurants that allow children to eat free limit the number of free childrens meals per table, so if you have a large number of children don’t expect them all to eat for free.
Most coupon deals allowing kids to eat free allow one free child’s meal per adult who orders a meal.
As you can see there are a number of options for saving money while dining out. All you need to do is chose the right options that work for you and you can enjoy a evening away from cooking and clean-up for less than you might think.