When trying to cut costs, dining out may be one of the easiest luxuries to eliminate. While this is easy for many people, there are some of us who “live to eat” rather than “eat to live.” Fortunately, it is possible to still dine out and cut costs while doing it. These tips will help all of you foodies out there have your cake and eat it too.
Dine out mid-week to get more deals
Many restaurants will run mid-week promotions to encourage customers to come in on slower days. These range from two-for-one deals to three-course meal deals.
Search for local restaurant deals on deal-of-the-day websites
Deal-of-the-day websites, such as LivingSocial and Groupon will feature discounted restaurant gift cards that are specific to your location.
Look out for early bird specials
Some restaurants will feature early-bird specials for people who dine out at an earlier time. Restaurants will offer deals such as half-price appetizers and happy hours during late afternoon to early evening hours.
Download dining apps to your smartphone
Certain smartphone apps will allow you to search for restaurants in your area. Urbanspoon is a free app that allows you to search for restaurants by their location, type and price point.