How To Fine Dine On A Budget

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Food costs take up a significant portion of everyone’s budget, and we incur the cost month after month. While it is possible to eat for a dollar a day if you’re desperate, curious, or masochistic enough, most of us have the money and the desire to purchase foods we enjoy. If you’d like to keep your food expenses to a minimum while still pleasing your palate, read on.

Eating out is generally considered to be a major budget killer, but for me, it’s an affordable luxury and a great joy that I’m unwilling to give up. If you love going out to eat too, you don’t have to deprive yourself in the name of saving money. There are many ways to dine out on the cheap.


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8 Responses to How To Fine Dine On A Budget

  1. limeade says:

    Tipping is an interesting subject. The word tip is an acronym that means, To Insure Promptness. It has now somehow morphed into something else. Now we tip only after the service has been rendered, and we nitpick at how they did.

    Try giving your TIP beforehand, and see what type of experience you have. Just another step towards treating people right. Just a thought anyway.

    A lot of good insights in the post. I actually talked about the subject here. And by the way, I love


  2. Nick says:

    One thing about tipping most people don’t know is that tipping should be done on the sub-total before discounts and coupons. So if your meal costs $30 and you have a 50% off coupon that knocks it down to $15, a 20% tip would be $6, not $3.

    I once got an awesome deal at a restaurant thanks to a coupon and a special that took a $20 food bill down to $4. I left a $4 tip.

  3. Dan says:

    Great advice!

    Always take a look at the bill before they return it with the credit card. There are honest businesses out there, but a careful eye will keep you from doubling tips when sneaky restaurants will add gratuities for you…then leave a space for you to tip more!

    I’ve had a “group gratuity” added at bars for 3-4 people–as though I’d be too intoxicated to tell!

    Pick a favorite small restaurant. I’ve built rapport with owners and while it may not add perks, it’s nice to feel *really* welcomed to a restaurant.

  4. ken says:

    Another method that can save at restaurants to go during lunch. the lunch menu is usually the same as the dinner menu but they will charge lower prices.

    check with your favorite restaurant ahead of time and see for yourself.

  5. Tim says:

    zagat guide is over rated and for us never mirrors our impression of the food and service of the restaurants. as with anything, take it for what it is worth.

    a cool restaurant guide for northern in the wash d.c. area is tyler cowan’s ethnic dining guide.

    we always buy a couple of dishes and share. we never go to places that charge a stupid extra plate fee or sharing charge. how stupid.

    another thing to note, just because a restaurant says they include a tip for parties of x or more does not mean that you have to pay that if the service was terrible. Tipping is absolutely not a requirement and not enforcible. just be cautioned that if you have an issue, bring it up with management. we went to a very expensive restaurant and had a bill about $800 for the 4 of us. service was horrendous, but i didn’t make it an issue with the waiter, i brought it up to the manager. the manager refunded the entire $800. reputation is a killer for restaurants.

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