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.
It’s not yet Christmas and I feel like I’ve been cooking and baking almost non-stop these days. One more weekend coming up between now and Christmas will likely mean more parties, get togethers…and more cooking. In case you find yourself needing a little break, make it a thrifty one. Here are a bunch of deals you can get right now. Give yourself a break without breaking the bank. Check out the great restaurant coupons and deals below.
Spend $8.00, Receive $2.00 with Ibotta.
Click here to print a coupon good for a free dessert with the purchase of one regular sub and fountain drink. This offer is valid through 12/16.
Click here to print a coupon good for a free appetizer or kid’s meal with the purchase of one adult entree. This offer is valid though 12/31.
Click here to print a coupon good for a $5.99 adult buffet. This offer is valid through 12/14.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
This coupon gets you $5 off your next visit. This offer is valid through 1/4.
If you join Club Cinnabon here, you’ll get a coupon good for a free Minibon cinnamon roll and free MochaLatta.
How does endless appetizers for $10 sound?
Here’s a coupon for $1.00 off a regular Grand Gobbler sandwich. This offer is valid through 12/31.
Mix and match two sandwiches for only $5.00. You don’t need a coupon for this deal.
Click here to print a coupon good for a free combo meal upgrade with any purchase.
Hardee’s has a lot of freebie and $1.00 off coupons here.
How about a free pizza? Get a free pizza with every $25.00 gift card purchase. This offer is valid through 12/31.
Anybody else already tired of being in the kitchen so much?
One of the main reasons we don’t go out to eat very much is that it can be very expensive. Things add up quickly, even with the little ones ordering from the Little People menu. It ends up feeling more expensive if they don’t eat what they ordered from their Little People menu. Yes, that happens. So, it just ends up being easier, less expensive and healthier to eat at home. However, that also means that it’s more work for…yours truly. So, the list below is one that I will be sure to pin onto a board over on Pinterest because I want to have this reference around at all times…especially on the weekends! I’m sure you will, too. Where your children can eat free. (Of course, be sure to check with your local restaurant to make sure that it’s not just a regional offer.)
Baja Fresh: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal and beverage.
Firehouse Subs: Kids 12 and under eat free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with each adult purchase.
Jason’s Deli: Kids eat free all day.
Maggiano’s: All day Sunday.
Souper! Salad!: Kids 4 and under eat free. Kids 5-12 eat for just $2.49.
Applebee’s: Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday nights at select restaurants. One free child entree per visit; however, it’s only $1.00 for additional kids’ meals.
Chili’s: 2 children’s entrees per adult meal purchase.
Fuddruckers: Kids 12 and under can choose anything from the kids’ menu for just $.99 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Their meal includes a drink.
Golden Corral: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
IHOP: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., kids under 12 eat free with adult meal purchase.
Denny’s: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Texas Roadhouse: Kids 12 and under eat free.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Kids eat free with an adult meal purchase.
Chick-fil-A: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., get a free kid’s meal with each adult purchase.
Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery: After 4 p.m., kids 10 and under eat free.
Famous Dave’s: All day Tuesday.
Ikea: All day Tuesday and during special promotions.
Ruby’s Diner: After 4 p.m., kids 12 and under eat free.
Buffalo Wild Wings: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. kids 12 and under eat for $.99.
Islands: All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rainforest Cafe: Kids eat for $1.99 in the evenings.
Qdoba Mexican Grill: All day Wednesday.
Marie Callender’s: One free kids’ meal with each adult purchase.
Shari’s Restaurant: Kids eat free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kids eat free every day
Cafe Rio: Free kids’ quesadilla when you dine in.
Ci Ci’s Pizza: Kids under 3 eat free.
Country Buffet: Kids eat free with adult meal purchase.
Culver’s: Children receive a free custard with their meal.
Hometown Buffet: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet ticket.
On the Border: Free sundae with kid’s meal purchase.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill: Free child’s entree with the purchase of an adult meal.
Quiznos: Free kid’s entree with the purchase of an adult meal.
Anyone else going out to eat with their children this weekend? 😉
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.
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!
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.
You’ve heard the squeaky wheel gets the oil right? Well I’m convinced that the squeaky Thrifty Divas get discounts. Whether you are shopping at your favorite store or eating at your favorite restaurant, if you have a bad experience telling the right people can definitely help you save some money.
Disclaimer: This advice is mean’t for when you have a bad experience and need to know how to talk to the right people, it’s not an excuse to try and get free/discounted stuff just because. Please use this advice the right way.
First of all there is definitely and right and wrong way to complain. It’s so important that you do it the right way to get the results you want.
Here’s how we think you should “complain”.
1. Don’t yell. NEVER EVER EVER yell. It’s not only rude, but it will never get you anywhere. Ever heard that you get more flies with honey than vinegar? I can’t stress how true this is. Kill them with kindness and you’ll totally disarm any situation.
2. Speak to the decision maker. This may be a manager, supervisor or some other kind of person in charge, but it’s important you talk to who can make things happen. Complaining to the wrong person not only won’t get you anywhere, it could make things worse.
3. Explain what happened in detail. If it’s something that’s more drawn out and complicated, type it up for the right person to see. There is so much importance in details. The more detailed you can be, the more serious your complaint will be taken.
4. Tell them what you would like. A lot of places/people will flat out ask you how you’d like the situation to be resolved. Don’t just say you don’t know, tell them what you’d like done to resolve it. Be reasonable and don’t take advantage, but let your requests be known.
5. Let it be. If you get the issue resolved, let it go there. Don’t complain behind their back, instead praise their customer service for helping you get the issue resolved.
Remember that behind every complaint is a person