5 Strategies for Spending Less at Restaurants

The weekend is here, and of course your undomesticated self will probably be going out to eat. Unless you are an Instagram foodie with a bunch of exclusive free dinners, chances are your wallet is taking a hard hit from all those entrees. You won’t completely cut restaurants out of your social life, so let’s try a few strategies for saving money while you eat out, instead.

Pre-Eat

This is simple AF. I know you know what pre-drinking is. Now it’s time to pre-eat, my child. Everybody knows that the main allure of restaurants is:

1) convenience

2) the opportunity to Instagram something other than your face so your page looks like you go places

There’s no need to prepare anything fancy. In the same way you down cheap booze in an effort to spend as little as possible when you party, stuff yourself with something simple before you head out. When you get to the restaurant, you will order just enough to avoid being kicked out of the joint.

Order Appetizers

Appetizers are the best part of the menu and they are usually the yummiest. The best part? They’re the cheapest, and a lot of the time the serving sizes are more than enough to keep you happy. Take it one step further and commit to eating solely apps as a group. If you and your friends order several appetizers and commit to splitting the bill evenly, you will wind up with more variety for a fraction of the price. Bon appetit.

Do Some Chicken Math

I have a friend who worked with a girl who was relatively loaded. Anytime they went out her bill was the lowest in the group. If they were moving from one location to another, it could have been 11pm and this girl would walk rather than take a cab a few blocks, drunk as she may be. But perhaps my favourite anecdote about this co-worker was her astonishment at my friend’s purchase of a plate of chicken bites.

“You’re buying those chicken bites? They are $12. You are getting 6. Do you realize you are paying $2 for each chicken bite? This little thing? No.”

To this day, I refer to breaking down the cost of anything as chicken math. Forget unequal distribution of wealth. Chicken math is how the rich stay rich, people.

Fill Out Those Damn Receipt Surveys

You’ve finished your meal, the server hands you your debit receipt (grinning or glaring depending on the tip you left), and she tells you to visit the website on the bottom to fill out a survey for 15 percent off your next appetizer. What do you do? You smile, tell her you’ll totally do it, and then THROW THAT PIECE OF PAPER IN THE GARBAGE?

Quoi?! Listen, chances are you will probably be at that restaurant again. Tuck that receipt in your wallet and commit to completing that survey. The next time you go out and cringe at your grand total, you’ll be thankful for that 15 percent discount.

Stay Home and Cook

Lol. K.

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