Dining out and saving cash

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t have a lot of spare cash these days. Yet occasionally we still want to go out for dinner and have a nice meal. Here are just a few tips for dining out and while still sticking to your budget.
Use Twitter. Many of your favorite restaurants are on Twitter. Many of these same restaurants have Twitter specials. Whether it is Fuel Coffee giving you an extra shot for mentioning Twitter or Counter Burger offering a half priced appetizer, you can save on all sorts of things just by following some of your favorite restaurants.
Sign Up for Newsletters. Most restaurant newsletters are few and far between, so you won’t be cluttering up your inbox with overly frequent messages. But in return for a few kilobites here and there, you’ll get notification of happy hour times, special events, and sometimes… secret phrases or days when items are discounted.
Stick to Happy Hour Happy hours are a fantastic way to save cash. Some restaurants have up to 50% off appetizers and multiple dollars off of drinks. Granted, you’ll need to eat a little earlier (or a little later for those late shift happy hours), but if you can swing it, you can save some solid cash just by adjusting your mealtimes.

1 Comment so far

  1. Lisa (unregistered) on November 18th, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

    Great advice Patricia! And another great discount-dining site I’m excited to share with you is Emerald City Eats. It’s a new, local website that’s just getting started, and will be offering exclusive discounts on local eateries, old and new. You can sign up now to hear when we launch. Or to find out about specials going on now, you can also follow us on Twitter @eceats. We look forward to helping Seattleites savor new flavors while saving some green (:

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