Eating out for whatever reason can be expensive and yet we do so anyway. We do it for work, on the go, or for celebrations. Luckily there are a few ways to lower the cost.
Lately my husband and I have been sharing a meal when we go out to eat. We have found that the meals at restaurants are big enough for two both in portion and nutritional value. This reduces the need for a take home box or food waste. It also is likely to be a more healthy meal than fast food, but at a smaller price. Eat where a family member is working and you may get a discount as well.
When sharing a meal isn’t an option, the other option I choose is to go big. I pick the biggest appetizer the restaurant has. This is usually the sample platter. I have found that most appetizers are less expensive than the main dishes. Most appetizers are also often the size of a meal I would normally eat. In many places there is enough variety to enjoy the same restaurant a few times.
If you have children it is far more likely that you will get more bang for your buck if you eat outside. While most restaurants offer a children’s menu that features food more child friendly and less expensive, most children still don’t enjoy sitting down for an extended period of time to eat it. Instead when it comes to eating with children it is better to have a picnic or BBQ. These foods can be fruits and vegetables or sandwich supplies. Not only are these items usually a more healthy choice, the often cost less. Purchases, such as peanut butter or jelly, also last longer and can be used in other meals.
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