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Cut Expenses: 10 Ways to Cut Expenses At Restaurants

Posted on | July 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Cut Expenses: 10 Ways to Cut Expenses At Restaurants

Article by Vernon L. Williams

Being frugal does not mean being deprived. There are times when you will want to eat out. When you do, take advantage of these ways to save on food.

1. Use the Entertainment Book.

You can save on food by getting a 50 percent discount or buying one meal and getting the second one free. The books, which include approximately 166 restaurants in North America, cost between and . They also have discount coupons for fast food, oil changes, movies and a lot more.

2. Join iDinePrime.

This national program, which includes over 17,000 restaurants, gives you a 20% cash refund off your restaurant bill. Instead of a membership fee, iDinePrime takes the first you save.

3. Join

Membership is free. You can purchase a gift certificate at a participating restaurant for and redeem it for worth of food. An alternative is to purchase a gift certificate for and redeem it for 0 worth of food.

4. Get coupons at restaurants’ website.

6. Ask for senior citizen discount if you are 55 or over.

7. Identify restaurants that allow kids to eat free or at a discount.

Some examples are: Chick Fil-A, Denny’s, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) and Pizza Hut.

8. Join restaurant and fast food loyalty programs.

Many of them will give you a card. Each time you make a purchase, they will punch a hole in the card. When your card is full of punches, you receive a free item.

9. Look for value mailer coupons.

Local restaurants advertise by putting coupons in these packages. Use the ones to restaurants you like.

10. Get coupons from the Sunday paper.

Many of the national chains like Red Lobster, IHOP, Hardees, and Pizza Hut have coupons in the Sunday.

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