Dining out doesn’t have to put a huge dent in your wallet. With these clever money-saving tips, you can indulge in a night of delicious food (and no dirty dishes!) without feeling guilty.
Even if you make restaurant-style recipes at home, a night out every now and then is a welcome treat. But with food, drinks, and tip, it can be tough to manage on a tight budget. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite at a favorite taco joint or going tablecloths-and-candles fancy, we share 12 secrets to saving money at restaurants without sacrificing the experience. First of all, give the place a “like”! Most restaurants have Facebook pages, and many of these offer special deals or coupons. “Like” and follow your favorite eateries to get in on unadvertised specials and Facebook-only freebies and discounts.
Celebrate good times
A free dinner on my birthday? Sign me up! Many restaurants have birthday clubs and will send a coupon for a free meal or discount you can use during your birthday month. Having an anniversary? Let the restaurant know about it when you make reservations, and be sure to tell the waiter you’re celebrating a special occasion—you may get a complimentary glass of champagne or a dessert on the house. If you’re staying in for your birthday, check out these amazing cake recipes.
Avoid holiday hustle
True, dining out on Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve sounds festive and fun… but plenty of other people are thinking the same thing. To make the most of the hot demand, some restaurants hike prices on holidays, often by offering special dinner menus. On top of the extra cash, you can expect longer waits and a harried wait staff. Do yourself a favor and avoid dining out on holidays. Celebrating the week before or after makes for a more relaxing, enjoyable and affordable evening. (Find workable recipes for every occasion!)