How to Save When Eating Out

Eating out can be fun, different than the norm, and a nice way to have a social outing. We all need to eat to live, but for those who live to eat out, here are some tips to lower your bill but still enjoy that meal occasionally.
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Change Your Drink Order

As much as we all love a good fountain soda here and there, the extra money spent on coffees, tea, and soda adds up. Most of the time, water is free so if your goal is to save extra, try out water instead. A tip is to carry a water enhancer with you to add flavor or to order your water with a lemon for a citrus flavor. We all love a good cup of coffee or tea but remember you are there for the food. Specialty coffees can add up over time and cost just as much as a light meal.  

Lunch Over Supper

This is probably a given, but we all know restaurants that have both a lunch and supper menu. Supper tends to be a much larger and more pricy meal. Lunch tends to be a lot cheaper, and you also get some extras like soup or a salad to fill you up.  

Opt for an Appetizer and Share

If you are ordering off the main menu, scratch the appetizer for additional savings. If you are looking to save, sometimes splitting one or two appetizers with your lunch date can be more cost-effective than ordering a main dish. Also peek at the side options if you are looking for something light. You can opt for a few sides to give you a low cost meal.  

Go Out During the Week Over the Weekend

Restaurants tend to have some deals or specials they run during the week rather than on the weekend when more people tend to eat out. Earlier in the week may be your best bet for a steal as most places are looking to fill their booths. Some even have nights where the kids eat free.  

Go During Happy Hour

Happy hour is a lot of fun and can be the best time to catch a bite or meet up with a friend and get the biggest bang for your buck. Many restaurants will have their happy hour menu set on their website. Whether you eat some appetizers (a great option for a large group) during happy hour to get your fix or start with something light to hold you over, try out a happy hour instead. 

Prioritize Your Meal Plans

The better you can make plans in advance and do your research, the more you will save on those one-off meals when you are truly in a rush.  
Summer is probably the hardest time to cut back on eating out. We tend to get busier and busier with activities and often take the easy way out for meals. Save a little extra and put some thought into your eating-out routine. Try out these seven tips and tricks to help save your budget! If you want to create budgets, use your AbbyBank mobile app. In the app, we have a free Personal Financial Management tool that can help you create goals and budgets for just about anything.

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