5 Smart Ways on How to Save Money When Eating Out

5 Smart Ways on How to Save Money When Eating Out

The average Australian eats out two to three times per week, spending about $100 a week per household. We are increasingly choosing healthier options, with cuisines like Japanese gaining in popularity over burgers and pizza.

There is no doubt that eating out is one of the great pleasures of life, as well as being convenient. Unfortunately, those benefits come at a cost and the healthier the food, the more expensive it tends to be. However, it is still possible to save money without sacrificing quality when dining out. We have pulled together these 5 strategies to help you. 

1.Before eating out, research menus online

Most restaurants these days have their own websites as well as having menus posted on food-related apps. Before you go out, look at their menus online to check what is available, the prices, and their daily specials. This will help you get the best value option. 

2. Stick to drinking water

Many restaurants charge double the retail price for beverages, especially alcohol. If you have a couple of wines it can easily add up to half your bill. To save money, drink tap water instead of soft drinks, beer or wine. As well as saving money, it is a healthier choice if you eat out regularly. If you really want an after-dinner drink, you can go to a place that offers drinks at a more reasonable price.

3.Skip entree and dessert

Another way you can save money on eating out is to skip the entree and dessert. It is also better for your waistline. If you really want a dessert, you can pick a treat up from the supermarket or corner store on the way home.

4. Share an entree with another person

Many restaurants serve entrees that are bigger than one person needs. To save money while still getting to taste a restaurant's best entree, order one and split it with your dining partner. Don't be shy about asking for an extra plate. 

5. Take advantage of any deals and discounts

Use discounts such as coupons, discount cards, birthday discounts, buy-one-get-one-free offers, and kids-eat-free nights. You can find these by signing up to email alerts, your daily newspapers, or on social media. Just make sure you read the terms and conditions beforehand.

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