It’s been proven time and time again that eating homemade food bought at the grocery store will cost you less than eating out at restaurants. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should never have a night out. You just have to do it the right way.
- Limit your visits. Eating at home every day can leave you stuck in a rut. To break yourself from that you can go to the restaurant. But you don’t need to go more than once a week. Leave the restaurant trips as a luxury and don’t make it a habit.
- Don’t order takeout food. Other than the food, the other main reason of going to the restaurant is to get the experience of being served and to actually get out of the house in a nice environment. However when you order takeout from the restaurant all you get is the food for the same high price.
- Take your leftovers. By taking your left over food home you could save a couple of bucks by taking it as lunch to work the next day for example.
- Coupons. Only go to a restaurant when you have a coupon. It is common to find deals like “buy one entree get the second free with the purchase of two drinks” or “5 dollars off your purchase of over 20 dollars”.
- Rewards. If a restaurant has a rewards program, join it and reap the rewards of your loyalty.
- Don’t over tip. If you had a good experience, yes it is customary to leave a good tip, but you don’t need to go overboard and leave a tip over 25%. Think about this, do you tip firefighters, nurses and teachers? They certainly deserve a tip more than waitresses do.