Dining Out On A Budget

Dining out can be a real treat but a family of four can cost a pretty penny. Eating at home is a good way to budget and save money but we all deserve a night out of the kitchen. Well, I have done some research and found a few tips that may help us all get what we want, a night off from doing the dishes!!

Time it just right – Some restaurants offer discounted prices during off peak hours. And don’t forget, eating out doesn’t have to mean dinner. Try going out for breakfast which can cost less.

Think before you drink – Soft drinks on average can cost between $1.50 to $3.00. Yes, you may get free refills but we are here to eat not drink! Ask for water instead and if you need a little flavor ask for lemon.

Split the meal – Most restaurant portions are oversized these days. Order something you can share with someone else. Younger kids usually don’t finish all of their meal so order something you can share with them. Or you can ask for a to-go box when your food comes to the table and take half the meal home. That way you have some yummy leftovers for lunch the next day! Some restaurants will make a half order of a meal for half the price, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Check for deals – There are many online websites that offer dinning out specials. Groupon and Restaurant.com offer $10 for $20 deals meaning you are already saving half the price! Some restaurant websites offer online coupons on their websites as well or will list daily specials. Oh and let’s not forget about MyKidsEatFree.com! There are tons of places that offer a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal.

Skip dessert – I know it sounds crazy but just hear me out! Most desserts are priced way too high and can really break the budget. Instead of ordering a dessert from the menu make an ice cream sundae bar at home.

We all enjoy a fun night out away from the kitchen. No dishes to wash and more quality time with the people you love, sounds like a win to me! Hopefully these tips will help you get out of the kitchen, too.