As parents we’re always trying to save a bit of money. After-all, there’s always clothes to buy, school trips to pay for or the latest must-have toy on the horizon. So it’s little wonder, that when we get an invitation to a dinner out, we often shiver at the idea – think of the money! But, the problem is, eating out is an inevitable and necessary expense in our lives, especially if it’s for a loved one’s birthday. It doesn’t need to be the end of the world money-wise though, you just have to be clever about it. Indeed, with these helpful tips your dinner out will be as cheap as it possibly can be:
Restaurants want to keep their diners coming back, and some will attempt this by offering loyalty offers to regular customers. Whether this be by earning points on a card or getting free food after so many meals, by choosing to spend your night outs at the same restaurant or chain you can easily save yourself some money. Have a research of your local restaurants and see who has loyalty schemes in place.
There is nothing like a good coupon for saving you money on a restaurant bill. Online coupon websites like Dealsking and Groupon post new deals every day that allow you to dine at some of your favourite restaurants – and discover some new places – for often around 50% off full price. Make sure you read the terms of these though as some have restrictions on when you can eat.
Also keep an eye on sites like Money Saving Expert, which will post free coupons for restaurants like Pizza Express every so often.
Of course, you don’t have to actually go out in order to get a lovely restaurant meal! Why not suggest celebrating with a takeaway at someone’s house? This is particularly good if you have young children as bedtimes can still be adhered to and you don’t have to shell out for a babysitter. True, someone will have to do the dishes, but when you’re getting restaurant quality food at a fraction of the price, it is definitely worth it.
Takeaway app, hungryhouse not only lets you pay by card (rather than frantically searching for change for the delivery man), but also offers lots of offers and discounts. This includes student discount, special offers such as new restaurant discount and loyalty discounts for its customers.
When you dine out can have a massive impact on your bill, so before you choose a restaurant and time, have a look at their website for different menus. Most restaurants will offer both a lunch and early bird/pre-theatre menu before 7pm. These will usually be a set menu for a 2 or 3 course meal at a discounted price, which is the perfect way to sample a restaurant’s food without paying too much. Plus, as you know roughly how much you’re going to spend before you go, you can easily budget your night out.
As well as looking for different menus, you should also research which restaurants offer special offers for children. Places like Hungry Horse, Pizza Hut and Fayre and Square all offer discounts for children at specific times – especially during school holidays. These can include Kids Eat Free, Kids Eat for £1 and similar, which will save you money and, even better, keep the kids happy.