Frugal Friday Tip of the Week: Split a Meal
Yes, I know, eating out is a treat. If you really wanted to save money, you just wouldn't eat out. But DangerBear, Chickpea, and I love to go out to eat. Perhaps it's because of my cooking...
Even just for the three of us, though, eating out can be expensive. It was not unusual for us to blow nearly $50 eating at Red Lobster! Each of us got an entree, Chickpea got the kid's crab legs (!), plus an appetizer. If they'd brought us the bill before the food, we'd have lost our appetites. (Maybe that's a good way to save money?)
The past couple of times we've eaten there, though, we tried something a little different. DangerBear and I each got an entree (just not the super-expensive ones), and Chickpea shared off our plates. No appetizer, because who needs it after salads and bread? That got us down to about $30, including tip. Next time, we might all share one larger entree and just get an extra salad. (The only thing I would recommend here is to tell your server up front that you're only hungry enough for one entree, but you'll be tipping as if everyone got their own. No point being cheap.) We figure that would give us a very nice meal for less than half what we used to spend. And you know what? We enjoy it just as much!
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