Of all the ways we tend to drain our bank accounts, going out to eat is one of the hardest to give up. It's a great way to get out of the house, spend quality time with your friends (or your significant other, or yourself), and probably eat better food than you would at home. Fortunately, you don't have to choose between irresponsible spending and giving up dinners out altogether. You just have to put a little bit of thought into where you're going, what you're ordering, and what resources you can use to keep the cost down.
The easiest way to spend less money on food is to keep eating out to a minimum, personal finance educator G. Brian Davis, tells Bustle. He recommends determining a monthly "dining out" budget and sticking to it. "Whether you spend it all on one expensive meal or split it among several less fancy meals is of course up to you, but the budget must be locked in advance," he says. "One of the great things about eating less food prepared by others is that you’ll end up eating healthier. Restaurants are not interested in how healthy their meals are."
That said, if you enjoy eating out, feel free to do so as often as you can afford to. Here are some ways to keep the cost down when you do.
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