Eating out can get heavy on the pockets and you can’t afford to miss your savings targets for the month. Smart eating out habits can boost your savings and save your appetite to eat out more often too! After all, there’s a lot happening there in terms of coupons, free deals or discount vouchers/gift cards. And one of these can be combined with some valour to save some moolah!
A. Eat As You Did, Still at a Lower Price
Small tips, will help in the long run!
- Put your name on the restaurant’s mailing list
Some restaurants do treat their patrons over birthdays and it makes sense to sign up for special deals by adding your names to their mailing lists. There might be a free dessert or a gift card in store for you!
- Stay tuned for restaurant openings
New restaurants have a practice night before they open doors to patrons. Often, certain signature style dishes may be served for free as part of practice nights to allow for some feedback about the food and service. Of course, the meal dishes maybe limited to selected variety, but who cares as long as you get to try out a new place for free!
- Follow Online Discovery Platforms (Such as BINGE!)
Gain access to deals at local restaurants by following online discovery platforms and stay abreast with restaurant offers in your city.
- Ask about diner cards
If you’re a frequent visitor, some restaurants do have diner cards to offer to select customers (upon qualifying after a certain number of visits or reaching an amount on your bills). So you could gain a discount or a free meal after you’ve reached their criteria.
- Follow Restaurant Pages on Social Media
These are a huge give-away for events, offers and free deals on special days. Also, there might be special freebies for followers. Always wise to follow these pages!
- Join Online Foodie Groups
Lookup some groups, especially the ones tailored to people living in the similar locality or area. There’ll always be talk about which places to eat at for a meal easy on the pockets and which place is offering discounted meals for the week or month.
B. Make Some Wise Choices
Staying practical, always helps!
- Choose Eating Hours Wisely
Many restaurants run offers/low prices during breakfast and lunch, as these are slow business hours for them. If you want to save on your outside meal, you might as well choose eating hours appropriately.
- Don’t Booze
Restaurants make a huge chunk on profits through alcohol sales and a cocktail costs as much as a starter. So on savings night, not boozing would be a wise option to cut down significantly on bill value.
- To-go Meals Save you Time and Money!
A takeaway can save you the money on any drinks and leaving behind a tip at the restaurant.
- Eat Dessert Elsewhere
Desserts at a restaurant are often over-priced, so it’s best to step outside for an ice-cream on your way back home. More so, you’d be spoilt for choice at a bakery or patisserie for the same or lower price! Or go right back home and have a homemade sweet treat or rummage through your stash!
A disclaimer though, these are just savings we’re talking about! A relief for people eating out on a constant basis, who need to get ‘real’ with their savings. Just keep these in mind, for savings nights!