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Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you love.  Food lovers, this is for you.  Here are five tips for eating out without breaking the bank:

  • Plan your meal before you get to the restaurant
    Ever sat down to eat only to realize that you can’t afford anything on the menu? A lot of restaurants place their menus online. Save time and sticker shock by deciding what – and where – you want to eat ahead of time.
  • Do lunch instead of dinner
    Although the portion might be a little smaller, most restaurants offer a similar menu at a lower price at lunch time.
  • Take advantage of happy hour
    Cheap drinks and appetizers, what’s not to love? During the week, usually between 4:00 – 7:00pm many bars and restaurants offer reduced price specials.
  • Join restaurant mailing lists
    This will give you the inside scoop on special offers and upcoming events.   Some places will even send you a coupon redeemable for a free treat when your birthday rolls around.
  • Take your food to go
    If the food is more important than ambiance, why not take your order to go? You’ll save money on drinks and tips.