How Restaurants Can Trick You Into Spending

Last week we mentioned that restaurants are use inventive marketing and aggressive selling strategies to try and get their guests to spend more money. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t great deals out there, but to stick with your food budget, you need to weed through the slick promotions. Here are two other strategic techniques used commonly by businesses in the food and service industry: … Continue reading How Restaurants Can Trick You Into Spending

Common Ways Restaurants Get You to Spend

The food industry has become extremely competitive in the United States over the past 50 years. Before the 1960’s there wasn’t much competition, but as years have gone by, there has become an overwhelming number of dining options introduced in the market. With this high competition, successful restaurants must market themselves to both attract customers and maximize their spending. Here are a few techniques restaurants … Continue reading Common Ways Restaurants Get You to Spend

Save Money When Eating Out!

Last week we discussed how to save money on groceries and home-cooked meals. Now take into consideration these tips and save when dining out as well!

  • Learn to share – Did you realize that if you share a meal you actually cut your bill in half? Just ask your server if it is alright to split the meal (some restaurants may charge a small split plate fee of two or three dollars). Most restaurants will bring the meal out on two separate plates. This is a great way to get two meals for the price of one! Continue reading “Save Money When Eating Out!”

Want To Spend a Fun Evening With Family Or Friends, But In a Pinch For Money?

Whether you are single, new to a relationship or married, dating can get expensive. If you are single, you may want to have a girls’ or guys’ night out but going to restaurants can be costly. If you are dating, of course you want to make a good impression but may be on a tight budget. If you are married and want to enjoy a night without the kids, there may not be any money left over for dinner after paying the babysitter! Take these tips into consideration the next time you want to spend an evening out:

•Stay in and cook. Who wouldn’t be impressed by a meal you prepared yourself? Not only is it sentimental because your hard-work went into it, but it also shows some personality. What you decided to cook and why it is your specialty would also be something you could talk about! If you weren’t planning a date but just wanted dinner with a few friends, invite them over! Your friends would love the change of scenery and really appreciate the meal. Plan a “girls night in” and you wouldn’t even have to leave your house! Continue reading “Want To Spend a Fun Evening With Family Or Friends, But In a Pinch For Money?”