How To Save Money: Eating Out
Updated: Nov 26, 2020
The number of consumers choosing to eat out is going to grow substantially by 83m visits in 2019. This growth is despite the stagnation of wages and increasing inflation.
It’s no surprise that we Brits love dining out. But it is surprising how much money we spend ordering our meals, rather than cooking them even though we know it’s cheaper to shop for and prepare our food at home.
But, restaurants are so convenient—not to mention tasty. So, instead of sacrificing all your favourite Thai or Carvery joints, you could work them into your budget with these money-saving tips.
Check your inbox - have you signed up for the favourite restaurants newsletter? Check your inbox for discounts and offers.
Go out early - We’re not just talking early bird specials here. Happy Hour is a great time for food too. Often, restaurants offer smaller portions to coincide with their half-price drink deals.
Skip the starter - Save yourself some pounds and head straight to the main course!
Have a lunch date instead - Lunch is awesome and often cheaper.
Ditch the booze - To keep costs down, stick to soft drinks or better yet, tap water with your meal, or keep an eye out for deals that have a free glass of wine included in the price.
Hit the buffet - We know it's not the most sophisticated night out imaginable. But if you've got a big appetite and really want to get your money's worth, there's no better place to head to than a buffet restaurant!
Get the birthday discount! - Multiply this deal by however many people are in your family. Loads of restaurants offer birthday schemes where they'll send you offers and a discount to be used on your special day.
Restaurants are a fun treat that you probably don’t want to cut out of your budget, but make sure that you don’t stretch yourself too thin.