Save while eating out
DISCOUNTS. Many restaurants offer a reducedprice menu for seniors and children. If you or someone in your party qualifies, inquire with the server.
SKIP THE SODAS. Skip the pricey drinks with dubious free refills altogether and you’ll save at least $2 per person.
SHARE. These days, splitting a meal is socially acceptable and e c o n omi - cally savvy. While some restaurants charge for splitting, most are very accommodating. Paying a buck or two to split is still better than paying for two meals you can’t finish.
SPECIALS. Many restaurants have low- priced daily specials that are not on the menu. So before you get your heart set on a regular menu item, ask about any unadvertised specials.
EARLY BIRDS. In an effort to build business during less busy hours, many restaurants offer some dishes half-off or with some other enticing price — if you’re there before the regular dinner crowd. This is typically from 4 to 5:30 pm.
APPETIZERS. Before you opt for a full meal, check the appetizer menu. You’ll find generous portions minus the add-ons like salad or soup.
COUPONS. Call your local high schools to find out who is selling local restaurant-discount books.
PLAY TOURIST. It’s not unusual for restaurants to direct special offers at tourists. You can take advantage of them, as well. Stop in the lobby of a local hotel and peruse the local attraction brochures. You’ll find all kinds of offers. Your local tourism board will also have this kind of information.