I have a confession to make…my wife and I hate to cook. Just hate it. But eating out can be really expensive, right? Well, not necessarily. The real secrets to eating out
affordably are really simple once someone actually shares them with you. The first and most important rule is to make sure you have a coupon. So when we discovered the website
Eat Out, Pay Less, we were like "Thank God! Now we can finally justify our habit!"
This website helps you find restaurant coupons to all of your favorite places that you eat at
each week, which is awesome because let's face it, who wants a coupon to some fancy restaurant that you'll never go to anyways?
Here's some other secrets that will also help you when eating out…Portion control: most entrees are so large these days that sharing makes a lot of sense and usually will be enough to satisfy both you and your mate! Drink water: not only is it better for you, but you'll be saving a ton by not falling for the absolute highest margin item that a restaurant can serve. Why pay as much as $3.00 for a soft drink that costs the restaurant about $.25? But remember, the #1 secret to saving money: USE COUPONS because you can get some huge savings by using them.
Keep these secrets in mind the next time you're in the mood to be wined and dined.
Eating out at restuarants can be quite costly, especially if you are like me and want to try new places all the time! Fortunately, thanks to the Internet, there are lots of great ways to save money at some of the best restaurants in your city! Here are some of my favourite money saving tips for eating out:
Many restaurants offer specials to attract customers to them on the slower days of the week. This can be anything from 1/2 price deals, no corkage fees, specific item sales, drink specials and other promotions. Finding these deals can be time consuming as you need to check each restaurants' website for their individual specials, but fortunately my friend Tiffany has made this easier on her site ShesSoSavvy.ca. If you look in the top right corner of her site you will see a restaurant specials search field that will list all of the daily specials for restaurants in a specific area of the city. Her site is exclusive to Toronto, so if you are reading this from another city in Canada you will need to actually check the website for each of the restaurants you are considering.
This strategy takes some planning as you have to keep your eye out for deals at specific restaurants. Basically the best way to monitor these kinds of deals
is to use a group deal aggregator to view all of the deals from the various group buying sites in one place.
When you find a restaurant you want to try, buy the deal and save
around 50% off on your bill!
If you don't like planning in advance for your meals, there is a cool new way for you to save money on a restaurant you plan to visit within a few hours: Now Deals. Many of the sites that offer group deals (as metioned above) have started to offer time-sensitive deals that must be used typically within 12 hours in a specific window of time. My favourite site for these kind of deals is Groupon because they have the largest selection of these kinds of deals. Restaurants offer these deals as a way to attract new customers on a day or time where they typically are not busy. The deals typically range anywhere from $5-$20 and usually will get you around 50% off your meal. I have used these before and have found some restaurants that I would never have tried otherwise.
Twitter and Facebook are both great places for restaurants to notify their customers about their specials or run limited time promotions. By following your favourite places on Twitter or Facebook you will often learn about promotions that are limited to social media. The restaurants also use social media as a way to notify their customers about special events where you will sometimes receive some free items just for showing up!
Eat Out Pay Less has the most updated information on free coupon offers
The internet offers many great free coupons to restaurants you know and love
Eat Out Pay Less offers free coupons to local resturants in your area!
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