Clever Ways to Save Money When Dining Out
This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of Valpak in association with Savings .com.
I have a confession to make. If I would have the choice between eating out and cooking, I would pick eating out for sure! Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking meals for my family; but come on, who doesn’t love to just sit somewhere nice and enjoy a meal you didn’t have to make. Well, this mom does and I know I am not alone. But because I don’t live in LA-LA-Land or have thousands of dollars laying around, I have found clever ways to save money when dining out.
Enjoy an early Dinner Or Late Lunch!
The obvious clever ways to save money when dining out are very simple. Number one, instead of eating a late dinner out, head over to your favorite restaurant during off time. This means that instead of getting that fix during rush hour, enjoy an early dinner or late lunch. This way, you get to enjoy your meal without having to rush in and out of the restaurant.
Skip the Appetizers and Desserts!
Number two, skip the appetizers and desserts sections of your menu! At most restaurants, appetizers and desserts can cost as much as the meal itself. So my suggestion is to skip the appetizers and desserts to save money when dining out.
Use Discounts when Dining!
Number three, use coupons when dining out! You know the coupons can save you lots of money when you buy groceries or even for your household services. But did you know that you can also use coupons when you dine out? If you are not already taking advantage of these savings, you are definitely missing out. The best way to score restaurant coupons is by simply looking in your mailbox. Yes, it is that simple. Many of the companies, brands and restaurants you already use, send out coupons in either in local magazines, flyers or even in the Valpak envelope. The best part is that each Valpak envelope is stuff with local offers from restaurants to groceries.
Use Gift Cards to Save you Money When Dining Out!
Number four, use gift cards to save you money! Yes, that simple, but how do you score free or discount gift cards you can use when dining out? Well, for example, in this month’s Valpak envelope, you will find a coupon that gets you a free $20 gift card with purchase of $45 Sam’s Club membership. If your family is anything like mine, you need a club membership to purchase your bulk items. So, with this offer not only do you take advantage of the membership offer, but you also score a $20 gift card that can be used when dining out. Win-win, right?
One thing to note here is, if you are not sure if you have received your local Valpak envelope, that’s not a problem! Valpak .com has many amazing local offers available online as well. All you need to do is head on over to the Valpak .com Website and enter your zip code to see the specific offers available in your area.
So, tell me. Have you opened this month’s Valpak envelope to get the newest groceries, restaurant, and home services coupons available for your area yet? If you haven’t, keep your eyes open for the envelope, and lookout for the free $20 gift card with purchase of $45 Sam’s Club membership and the $10 off Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts at Walmart coupons inside it.
Finally, if you have any other Clever Ways to Save Money When Dining Out, let us know in the comment section below.