Eating out on a budget with your kids – more than possible

May 19th, 2014by admin

kids-eat-outMost people simply love eating. But what’s better than eating? Eating cheap with your family in a nice restaurant? Sounds about right!
Contrary to popular belief, this is actually possible. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can achieve this easily:

1. Kids eat free
Not many people are aware that taking children to a restaurant doesn’t have to be expensive. As a matter of fact most restaurants offer special discounts for kids on special days or occasions or just let them eat for free. Now this is not to say that these special offers don’t come with special conditions. For example, some restaurants will only let children eat for free on a special day of the week, during a certain time of the day or depending on the child’s age. However, if you do your research you can come up with a list of different restaurants to visit every day of the week so you’ll never have to pay for your child’s meal again!

2. Save on a big meal
Ordering a large portion is generally one of the best ways to save at restaurants. Sometimes these big orders are big enough to feed 2 or even 3 people. For example, depending on how much you usually eat, a large pizza at PizzaHut is enough to feed 2 people (and maybe even a small child).

3. Cut and save
With so many coupons everywhere nowadays it is hard to believe that not many people actually take advantage of them. You don’t even have to look hard to find a coupon for a restaurant as these are some of the most common ones. You can save really big with various coupons found everywhere so check magazines, newspapers, brochures and even your junk mail just in case.
Another easy way to find special promotions and discounts is to check online. Websites that show you special offers near your location are already numerous. Finding one, two or even five is extremely easy. Be careful though, it can be addictive!

4. Subscribe
Have a favorite local restaurant? Why not visit their website and subscribe for their special offers or a newsletter. You are guaranteed to receive many promotions and coupons which you can use to take your family out and stay stress-free when the bill comes.

5. Join the club
Your favorite restaurant will probably offer you to become a member of their frequent dining club eventually. This varies with restaurants but mostly big chains like to take special care of their regular customers. Look for such offers and ask if the restaurant has such a club you can join. In that case you will most likely start accumulating points which you can later swap for free meals or just get discounts and preferential treatment. Joining such a club is usually 100% free so if you’re asked for money you’re probably better off.

With these 5 tips in your arsenal you are almost ready to go out and have a nice meal with your loved ones. If you need more ideas, feel free to check the Complete Guide to Kids Eating Free (and Adults Eating Cheap) at Your Favorite Restaurants.

What are your favorite ways to save when eating out?



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