Sunday, January 3, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

Do you eat out? Here are a few great ways to save when you eat out from the Penny Hoarder. I would like to eat out more but I am torn between a bit of fun and paying off the bills/adding to our savings.
Sometimes, we try copycat recipes instead of going out. Ok, I said we when it is actually Den. We, me, same thing.
So dine in or eat out? Do you have any ways you save when you go out?
Tasty,
Sonya Ann

8 comments:

SAM said...

Happy Hours-they are a good way to get out an extra time or two without breaking the bank and to try different places. We tend to go more bar/grill less restaurant.

slugmama said...

Mostly our eating out is due to cooking fatigue on my part, so I buy gift cards for places we like to go(or get take-out from)locally at Rite-Aid(and earn free Plenti $s to spend on free toiletries there)OR I buy groupons or restaurant dotcom certificates to use.

I also plan ahead when traveling if possible and buy deals I can find so we can eat well but cheaper.
On our trip to VA last week I bought a groupon for a BBQ "family feast" for $25. Got $50 worth of bbq and sides there plus they threw in 2 desserts for free. Cost me $25 + $12 for drinks and tax(my brother paid the tip).
I also bought a $25 gift card for a pizza chain and got 2 bonus large pies thrown in.

I always pay for these gift cards/groupons/etc. I purchase with my c/c and earn rewards back that way too.

I just wish we lived in a larger market area so I could get rebates via Open Table.

We don't eat out nearly as much as we use to now except when traveling/vacationing.
I'd rather cook and eat at home unless I am wiped out.

Anne in the kitchen said...

We eat out way too much, mainly because TheHub likes to go out every Friday. In addition to that we seem to do at least one takeout meal each week. ( those are usually the days Mom requires a lot and I just don't want to cook). He does get a ton of restaurant gift cards each Christmas via work from people who do/ want to do business with them, so we use them first. As much as I appreciate them they are to places that require dressier attire than I prefer on a regular basis. Quarterly the local restaurant owners association sells discounted meals certificates. It generally amounts to a 30 percent savings (a few restaurants more than that) and we can save a bit while supporting local owners. Thanks for the Rite Aid gift card heads up, Sluggy. I need to start checking theirs.

Out My window said...

We don't buy any drinks except water. Actually we don't buy water. I will get a soda if we eat cheap like McD's but is that really food? We just try not to eat out very often. Now that I say that we ate out last night.....

ND Chic said...

We tend to at at home because our kids aren't disciplined enough to have a long wait at a restaurant. The only places we take them are ones with salad bars, buffets or Mexican because they have 10 minute wait times. An actual sit down restaurant is not fun with a toddler. Maybe some day...

Elephant's Child said...

More savings which simply aren't available here. We save by not doing it. And do it so rarely that we can (sort of) justify the expense when we do it.

Jane said...

I rarely eat out but if I do I try to take advantage of specials etc. Or just go out for drinks or dessert.

Practical Parsimony said...

In this small town, my favorite restaurant is Ruby Tuesday. Exbf likes it when I find coupons like buy one meal, get second one 50% off. We just drink water. Their tea is so nasty that I prefer water even if they gave me the tea. We never get appetizers or dessert. We eat out about twice a year if even that often.

Before I found I was allergic to beef, at lunch we would take a can of coke from home and plan to get a burger from the dollar menu. We never got fries or extras. The only reason we ever ate out at lunch was because I had no bread for sandwiches and we had too many things to get done to wait for me to cook.