7 Ways to Eat Out for Less

Do you want to go out to eat, but think you can’t afford it? Going to restaurants can get expensive if you don’t make the right choices. Try these helpful hints from UW Credit Union to enjoy a great meal while still maintaining your budget.

1. Love water



Try to limit yourself to water for your beverage choice. Typically soda costs you anywhere from $2 to $3.50. If you only have the option of paying for bottled water, compare its price to other drinks, and see where you can save.


2. Take home leftovers



Today, portion sizes are large. Many times you can’t finish your whole meal. Plus, any food you leave behind will get thrown out, so it’s a great idea to ask for a to-go-box. The leftovers from that meal could be turned into another meal.


3. Look for deals



With so many places that offer coupons, it’s becoming easier to find a good deal. Try searching the web. Search the name of your restaurant followed by “coupons.” If you are willing to do more work, there are many sites that offer coupons or discounts that many restaurants post and accept.

4. Go to lunch instead


Grilled cheese and fries

Lunch is usually cheaper than dinner. Many times you get the same menu choices for less based on the fact that it’s before dinner hours. This is a great way to save if you don’t have coupons or want to try a new restaurant.


5. Budget for eating out


Piggy bank

Add eating out as a category in your monthly budget, then stick to it. You can break it down by week. If you hit the maximum amount that you want to spend in that time frame, stay home and make your own food.


6. Try sharing an entrée



With food coming in large portions these days, it has become harder to finish a whole meal by yourself. Sharing the main dish is a great way to save money, especially if you go to a place that typically serves big portions.


7. Dine mid-week



Going out in the middle of the week instead of the weekend could save you money and give you a way to decompress in the middle of the week.

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To learn more, visit UW Credit Union website at uwcu.org or stop by the branch on campus.

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