This weeks tip offers frugal instruction on “going out to eat”.
My wife & I have progressively adopted a few strategies to help us save while dining out at restaurants. Let me begin by reminding you that if you truly want to save more money, then you need to greatly limit the frequency of going out to eat. However, when you do eat out there are several strategies to follow to help limit your spending. I have listed several useful tips regarding eating out in past editions of our DFA Tip of the Week, but today would like to focus on 2 strategies involving how to order meals:
Split a meal
The average restaurant entree feeds you way more food than you need to sustain your energy levels. This should come as no surprise to you and is something you are most likely aware of. So why do you continue to purchase and eat huge portions when you know you do not need to? Simple…because we have been trained to do just that by our culture and the marketing that bombards us every day! Now is as good a time as ever for you to stop pigging out and paying for it! Not only will this help your pocket-book, it will help your waistline!
Eat Half & Save Half
What happens if you & your significant other cannot agree on a meal to split? Simply order two separate meals but plan on taking half of each meal home to have as leftovers the next day. Certain meals lend themselves to being a good leftover meal candidate more so than others…so order accordingly. For example, a hamburger & fries will not retain their deliciousness as well as a good stir fry. My wife thinks I’m gross because I will save the 2nd half of my burger & fries for the next days meal, but I’ll eat just about anything. She is a little more “selective” in what she will take home for leftovers, so she orders something that will store well and be just as yummy when warmed up the next day.
If you adopt this philosophy when dining out, both your wallet and your belly will thank you. It forces you to think frugally, and requires you to stop eating when you should and allows you the opportunity to enjoy your delicious meal a 2nd time around.
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