The thing about the whole saving money thing is that it is not just saving money for the sake of saving it. We save money in order that we can have some to spend on things we would like. Each person has his or her areas that they prefer to spend their money on. For some people it is clothes, others really like traveling, and some like to golf. For my wife and I it is eating out.
Eating out is a bad investment
Financially speaking, eating out is a bad investment. It costs a lot more than making food at home, and that is why we have worked hard to discipline ourselves not to do it very often. The beauty of this is that we actually enjoy it more since we don’t go out to dinner every other day, or even every week. Even the fun things in life can become boring when you do them everyday.
Tools to help save money when eating out
Since going out to dinner is something that we love to do, we work to find ways to make it possible. One of the best tools we have found has been the Entertainment Book. I believe they are sold in every major city in the U.S. – if not, you are missing out!
The Entertainment Book
The Entertainment Book is filled with coupons for any and every kind of restaurant, grocery store, movie theaters, dry-cleaners, and a bunch more. Most of the coupons for restaurants offer buy-one-get-one-free meals. This almost cuts our bill in half. Saving this much money makes it a lot easier to justify going out to eat!
Another great thing about this book is that since a lot of the restaurants are smaller “mom-and-pop” type places or new ones it helps to try out restaurants that we otherwise might not have known about.
Do you have any tips on how you save money eating out?
This article was originally published on November 11, 2008.