Mother's Day is quickly approaching. If you're planning to take Mom out for lunch, there are ways you can treat her to a special meal without breaking the bank. Here are my top 10 ways to save when dining out.
Set a budget before you go – Know what you can spend before you go and stick to it. I always scan the menu for all of the options available under a certain price, then shop from those.
Share a meal or save half for a second meal – Not only is this a good choice for your wallet, but also for your waistline. You’re saving half right off the top! Restaurant portions are often 2-3 times the amount of a healthy portion. Share a meal with your dining companion or box up the other half for a yummy lunch at the office the following day.
Order adult meal for kids to share – You will often get more food for much less. Now that children’s meals are running around $5. Sharing a $10 adult meal, I can typically feed my three little ones, and they get more than enough to eat.
Order water – Drinks can significantly increase your dining bill with soda/tea running upwards of $3.
Kids Eat Free – Many restaurants offer one day when kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. This can save a family a lot when dining out.
Home mailers – Magazines, coupon mailers, and flyers can be a great source for coupons and special offers to local restaurants.
Online - Check the restaurant’s website for special offers before you go.
Email - Sign up for your favorite restaurants’ email lists. You will often receive coupons, free birthday meals, and special offers.
Facebook – Local and national restaurants have jumped on the social media wagon to offer special fan-only deals when you follow them
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