I’m not ashamed to admit that we love going out for meals as a family. Doing it too often can get really expensive though, so I am always looking for ways to save money when eating out. Over time I think I am becoming quite adept at spotting and taking advantage of the offers and deals that I spot.
Daily Deals Sites
There are a good choice of daily deals sites around on the internet. I often take a browse around if I have an occasion in mind for a special dinner out that will save us some money. If I know I have a night out planned with family, or perhaps an afternoon tea booked with friends, then I’ll always take a look at some daily deals sites to see if I can save some money.
Leaflets With Vouchers
When that pile of junk mail drops onto your doormat, it’s very tempting to put them straight into the recycling bin. I have learned of late however that I can usually spot a voucher for money off in a local restaurant. These vouchers are usually for a main meal deal or a certain percentage off. These are great for when Hubby and I have a free evening to go out for a meal together.
Very often I can spot a restaurant deal or voucher offer by looking through my emails. I don’t mind signing up to restaurant emails as they often provide something extra. Recently we popped out to a local chain restaurant at the very last minute. Whilst ordering our main meals, I did a quick search in my email inbox and managed to find a voucher for two for one offer on mains. This was a great last minute saving, and is definitely worth the time.
Dining Out Experience
Did you know you can purchase a dining out experience? It’s a great way to save money, with plenty of the well known chain restaurants available. For example some offers available are a three course meal with wine for two people for around £30. That’s a complete bargain and well worth purchasing.
Did you know eating out during the week, generally Monday – Thursday is cheaper than eating out at the weekend. Make the most of those midweek deals where you can often get a deal on two courses or more and save money.
Share Your Food
Do you really need the starter, main and dessert all to yourself? We will often skip the starter, have a main course each and then share one dessert between the two of us. This saves quite a bit on the total bill, but also makes us feel as though we have enjoyed a good meal.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on how to save money when eating out. We are currently in the process of saving for Walt Disney World again, so any way we can reduce our entertainment costs whilst still enjoying treats is a welcome bonus for us.