Frugal eating out may sound a bit of a miss match. After all, when you do decide to eat out you are normally looking to enjoy yourself and don't particularly want to have to worry about every penny being spent.
Well with just a few guidelines in mind YOU CAN eat out and enjoy your self without racking up a very high bill.
The main rule of frugal eating is of course
Don't eat out often and that includes all those so-called fast food restaurants. The costs soon mount up.
A cheeseburger here, a bag of fries there. Before you know it you've spent half your weekly allowance on junk food and probably increased your risk of a heart attack too. Not good for a frugal lifestyle.
Eating out should really be left for those special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and Valentines Day.
This will make the whole occasion feel even more special and over the year the amount of money spent on eating out won't come to a whole lot of beans, ha, ha, sorry about that last pun.
Frugal eating sounds like eating not very much but this is just not the case. It simply means thinking about what you are ordering and choosing your venue carefully. There are many very nice restaurants that will suit your occasion and will not charge a small fortune for the privilege.
Here are a few simple rules to keep in mind when planning a meal out:
Personally I don't go to so-called fast food restaurants, but that's just me and I know many people do enjoy going to these restaurants especially if they have young children.
Offers - Many fast food restaurants have two for the price of one deals or have the go larger offers. These are great for sharing the cost of feeding a large family.
Coupons - Scan the local papers for coupons for your local restaurants, often kiddie meals can be purchased free with an adult meal.
Buffet - A lot of the cheaper restaurants now do the all you can eat buffet meals. If you do go for these, do not be tempted to buy a separate desert, as this is often where the costs can increase dramatically. Fill up on the buffet and don't order any drinks other than water.
Salads - share salad bowls rather than ordering separate ones for everyone. It always sounds great to have a salad but it is often the item that is left at the end of the meal.
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