Everyone knows how expensive eating at a sit down restaurant can be, especially if you have a large family. I’m sometimes amazed at how much money we spending eating out in a month. We always try to reduce our monthly spending, but because of time and schedules we almost always spend more then we plan. It’s just quicker to grab fast food or even easier to go somewhere nice and have someone else cook and clean up.Â Do you feel like you spend too much eating out in a week? If so, here are some tips to help you save a little money, but still keep the convenience.
Bring fast food home. If you’ve had a busy day at work and just don’t feel like coming home, cooking a full meal and then cleaning everything up fast food is a great alternative. It’s usually cheap and it’s always easy to clean up. However, instead of getting the family together and making a trip to your favorite burger joint, grab it on your way home. How can this help save you money? Most fast food places offer $1 and under menus. A burger and fry will only cost about $2. Skip the drinks you’ve already got drinks at home. Drinks even at fast food places can cost a family of 4 as much $6. A family of 4 can actually eat dinner outÂ for less than $10.
Want some “better than fast food” for dinner? My wife and I have recently started ordering take out food and bringing it home. You can save $4 – $5 on the tipÂ since you have no waitress or waiter. You also don’t need to buy those crazy overpriced drinks from the sit down restaurant. Sodas at sit down restaurants now cost over $2 in some places. You can also have a cheap appetizer at home such as chips and salsa for 1/2 the cost. Another thing we’ve discovered is our kids prefer the mac and cheese from home over the fancy sit down mac and cheese. Since the microwave will fix mac and cheese and peas in less than 5 minutes that means even more money saved.
Not only do we save money by using these tricks we also don’t have to find entertainment for our children while we are at the restaurant. Once they finish their meals they can be excused to play in the comfort of their own home.