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How to save while eating out

14 Aug

Eat lunch instead of dinner

Prices are cheaper during lunch than at dinner.

Order water

Drinks can be expensive. Cut costs when dining out by skipping the drinks.

Use coupons or deals from places like restaurant.com

You can find coupons everywhere, in the newspaper, following places on Facebook, from Groupon, etc.

Go to restaurants that offer free (or cheap) kid’s nights

Many restaurants offer kids eat free nights. For a list of local restaurants click here.

Share a meal

We all know portions are incredibly large at most places so why not share a meal to save a few dollars.

Go on nights when specials are offered

Usually during the week restaurants have specials they promote to get more people eating out at their place.

Eat out earlier

Another time that restaurants promote specials is earlier in the evening. Check for happy hour appetizer/tapas promotions.

 

One last place to look for specials is eatfreeonyourbirthday.com

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5 Things that Eat at a Budget

19 Jul

Everyone wants to use their money in the most productive way. So we decided to tell you five things that eat at your budget.

1. Daily drinks

Buying bottled water, soda, and coffee drinks each day will add up quickly over the month or year. Estimates are: $1,092 a year in savings. Alternatives are: making coffee at home, using a purification filter on your faucet, and carrying a reusable bottle.

2. Unused gym memberships

Most people buy gym memberships and rarely use them. Even if you use the gym regularly the money you would save can be substantial. Alternatives are: going for a walk/run outside, fitness dvds, or videos on Hulu, Netflix or Youtube.

3. Impulse buys

Buying things you don’t set out to buy. Retail environments are setup to make you buy more. Alternatives are: online shopping, waiting 24 hours to buy”good deals”.

4. Grocery shopping without direction

Always have a shopping list. We know not to grocery shop on an empty stomach, but not having a list is just as bad. Alternatives are: meal planning for the week, bringing a list, checking weekly sales ads.

5. Eating out for lunch

Spending a few dollars a day might not seem like a budget problem, but over time it adds up. Estimates state Americans spend $37 a week on lunch ($148 mo/$1,776 year). Alternatives are: bringing lunch to work, using coupons.