How to Save Money Eating Out With Friends During the Holidays in 3 steps

Estimated Monthly Savings: $50

We all get busy during the holidays with shopping, working, and other extra activities that get scheduled during this time. Often we find ourselves eating out to save time or as a way to catch up with friends. Here are a few ways you can save money during the holidays.

  • Buy One, Get One Free Specials. Take the time to do a little research and find out if there are restaurants in your area offer 2-for-1 specials. Mondays and Tuesdays are slower days for restaurants. A great location to check out is your local pizza restaurant to see if they are offering specials on slices or whole pizzas.
  • Happy Hour Menu. Restaurants may offer a happy hour menu in the bar area of the restaurant during the hours of 4-6pm or 4-7pm. These menus usually provide smaller plates than what they offer in the restaurant at lower prices. You can get a plate of buffalo wings or sliders for half of what they cost in the main dining area.
  • Skip the Alcohol. Alcoholic drinks range in price from $3 to $15 per drink. Skip the drinks and save the money. Ask about club soda or water with lemon for a flavored or carbonated drink. Tell your friends you are that evening’s designated driver. They will thank you for it.

We are all looking for ways to save money during the holidays. Order wisely when you meet up with friends and you could do it every night of the week.