I’ve always loved eating out, but I found that I was spending way too much on each trip and thought I would have to give up restaurants completely. I was totally wrong, though! Eating out doesn’t have to be banned completely when you’re on a budget – especially if you follow these tips…
Instead of ordering an entire kids meal that your kiddo likely won’t eat more than 3 bites of, just get a few dishes that the whole family can share! Just be aware that some restaurants may charge an extra fee for sharing plates.
Opt for water
Ordering soft drinks (or coffee or juice or tea) for everyone in the family is going to add up quickly – you could buy a whole liter of soda for around the price of one glass at a restaurant. Instead, have everyone opt for a water! Not only is it healthier, but your wallet will thank you.
Find promotions and discounts
Groupon always has lots of great discounts for restaurants, and it often forces you to try out somewhere new! Also, lots of places offer days where kids eat free, and sign up for emails to score birthday discounts (lots of places offer up a free entree for the birthday boy or girl), free appetizers and more!
Take leftovers home
Never be shy about asking for a to-go container to take home the rest of the bread or the last few bites of pasta. You’ve paid for all of it, so don’t just leave it behind!
Say “no” to appetizers
You’ll likely get plenty of food with your entree, so unless you have a coupon for a free appetizer, or it’s your favorite part about that restaurant, steer clear. Ask for extra bread or a basket of fries to munch on instead.
Ok, look, I live in the coffee capital of the United States. I like me some coffee. There are a million different places to get coffee here and unfortunately the very best one which is my very favorite in the whole wide world is only a couple of blocks from our apartment, and also comes with a slightly more premium price than your run-of-the-mill Starbucks. Drip coffee is pretty cheap at any coffee shop, but let’s face it, you’re probably not going out just for drip coffee—you want your espresso! If you buy a $4 coffee once a weekday, that’s $20 a week. If your coffee is more expensive or you buy more than one a day, you’re looking at over a $100 a month in coffee money! How can we cut back on this without becoming caffeine deprived?
The obvious answer is to make coffee at home, and yeah, I know, that sounds boring. It is thrifty though! You don’t need to spend $200 on a fancy machine, a basic one will do. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Many grocery stores now sell containers of flavored syrups that you can use to whip up your own drink at home. You can now have that pumpkin mint mocha with strawberry whipped cream that has been your dream drink for years, even though everyone else thinks it sounds horrid. Even a can of storebought whipped cream to top off your drink costs less than one cup of coffee shop coffee, and it will top a dozen or more drinks!
You don’t need to completely deprive yourself of fancy coffee, either—even if you go out for coffee twice a week, you’re only spending $8 per week instead of $20. Also, grab your travel mug on your way out the door—many coffee shops will knock off ten cents or more if you bring your reusable mug along. Be sure to sign up for any rewards or punch cards as well. If you are buying coffee there somewhat regularly, you might as well have each purchase count towards a free coffee! Coffee is amazing, and you certainly can remain caffeinated in the mornings while saving money at the same time!
As usual if you are looking for a reason not to cook, here they are. Save money while going out and enjoying some of your favorite restaurants. There are a ton of deals this week!
Free kids meal! All you need to do if buy 1 regular priced entree to get this deal. Go to their Facebook page to print your coupon. This only lasts until August 4th.
From now until August 3rd, use THIS coupon from the Starbucks Facebook page for getting a free Valencia Orange Refresher when you buy one.
Sign up for their Free 2014 annual catalog and you’ll get a coupon for a free entree up to $5.99. This offer if good through August 13th.
Print THIS coupon for $5 off any entree. This coupon expires on August 4th.
From now until August 15th, Fozoli’s will be giving away free breadsticks, coupons and raising money for Feed the Children. There are only a certain amount of cities they are doing this in, so check their Facebook page to see if your town is on the list.
Check out their Facebook page for a $10 off coupon when you buy two signature combination entrees. You can only use it Monday-Thursday only. You can only use this through August 8th.
Participating restaurants are offering a soft serve cone for $.50 cents. Deals ends August 5th, so this makes a great weekend treat!
It’s too hot to cook right? Either stick to a crockpot meal, grill or go out. If you are looking at the last option, here are some great deals to use.
Coming up on 7/23, celebrate their 49th anniversary with a classic roast beed sandwich for only $.64. Get your coupon HERE and use it next Tuesday.
On 7/29 get to a Cheesecake Factory where you can get half off any piece of cheesecake! You’ll just need to request your coupon from their Facebook page HERE. You must dine in to enjoy this.
Through 7/21 order online using the code CHOOSE50 and get any large for 50% off! You can get the works for less than $10!
From now until August 19th, Starbucks is having their Treat Receipt event. Buy anything in the morning or before 2pm and come back after 2 with your receipt and get any grande cold beverage for $2!
Get a free Sobe Lifewater with this coupon
via the Panda Express Facebook page. You have to buy a 2 or 3 entree plate and you’ll have to like their Facebook page and fill out a form. But who doesn’t want a free Sobe Water!?
Print out THIS
coupon and use by August 1st for $5 off the purchase of 2 dinner entrees.
Letting you know about all these restaurant deals is making me hungry. How about you!? Check out all these awesome deals. If you are going out, this is the way to go!
Krispy Kreme–buy a dozen doughnuts, get a 2nd dozen for $.76.
On July 13th, some Krispy Kremes will be participating in this deal in honor of their 76th birthday!
Boston Market-50% off family meals.
Use THIS coupon for 50% off one of their family meals. This is only for July 4th.
California Pizza Kitchen-$10 off $40 or more orders.
Using Google you can print out THIS
coupon for $10 off your $40 or more order. You must have a Google account to claim your coupon.
Domino’s Pizza-50% off any handmade pan pizza online order .
Use the code P6A3N and get 50% off your handmade pan pizza. You must order online and this deal ends June 30th.
It’s the weekend and if you’re looking for an awesome deal for food, here you go!
Free pizza for rewards members. Just spend $15 and use the coupon code SUMMER when you order online. Hurry and get this deal as it ends on June 30th!
Buca di Beppo
Print out THIS coupon for $20 off any 2 pasta or entrees. This is for dine-in only orders and ends June 30th.
Use THIS coupon and buy any Jamba Juice Smoothie and get a second one for free. This deal ends on June 27th.
Today only use THIS coupon after 9pm local time for a free order of Orange chicken. Yummmm!!!
Buy 1 Whopper and get the 2nd free. Use THIS coupon for that deal and there is even another one with THIS coupon for a free Whooper Jr with the purchase of a large french frie.
Buy any size pizza with any toppings for $9. When you order online use the coupon code LG9. This awesome deal ends July 6th
Now until July 12th you can get a free cup of Bold coffee before 11am. Just print out THIS
coupon and get your caffeine rush on!
Even with a long weekend last weekend, I’m ready for a cooking break. I’ll be taking advantage of some of these awesome deals. Which will you be using?
Not just a medium but get a large 2 topping pizza from Dominos for $5.99 for carryout only
. Use coupon sode 9159 when you order online. This deal ends June 2nd.
Go to a participating Burger King restaurant and get a $.50 cent Soft Serve Cone. It’s a nice break from the heat and it’s going to last until August 5th!
Go to a participating Krispy Kreme on June 7th and get a free doughnut for National Doughnut Day, it will be yummy. (My husband’s exact words).
Get $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Smokey Bones by using THIS
coupon. Offer ends on June 2nd.
Make a purchase of $30 or more and get $10 off with THIS coupon. Offer ends on June 30th.
Macaroni Grill or Joe’s Crab Shack
coupon to get 10% off your purchase at Macaroni Grill or Joe’s Crab Shack. Offer ends on July 8th.
For all your late dinner guests tonight after 9pm local time go to a participating Panda Express get a free order of Orange Chicken for free with THIS
There are quite a few awesome restaurant deals this week! Check them out.
Get the new Egg White Delight mcMuffin for only $1 at participating McDonalds. With with 50 calories less than the traditional McMuffin how can you go wrong with this great deal. Get your coupon HERE. Expires June 20th
Get an Original slider for just 25 cents at White Castle participating locations. Limit is 10 sliders per customer, and also four free Sliders for anyone who signs up for Craver Nation.
Who wants a four course meal for cheap? At participating Outback resteraunts get this meal for only $11 with additional coupon. The dinner includes soup, salad, entree, and desert. Print out your coupon HERE. Offer ends May 21st
Lets all go to Pizaa Hut, because you can get any size of pizza with any combination of toppings for $9. The great thing is you can dine-in, carryout, or have it delivered. You will need to use this code “3J” to get savings. Additional chargese for stuffed crust or double cheese.
It is time for a treat, time to head to Krispy Kreme. Check in on Foursquare and get either a free Key Lime Cake or Key Lime Cheesecake doughnut. Offer is good while supplies last.