Who doesn’t love going out for a meal? I love being able to spend quality time with my loved ones and enjoy some delicious food at the same time. However, it can be quite expensive! Being a chef and running a food blog, I try to go out as often as possible to review and experience lots of different types of food. This being said, I don’t want to clear out my bank account going out for meals so I have found different ways to go out for a cheaper price! Read on my tips and tricks!
Sign up to Email Subscriptions
Signing up to email subscriptions from your favourite restaurants can be a great way of being looped in on deals and discounts. Restaurants want to keep their email audience interested and want to make sure you open their newsletters, so a great way of doing that is including a discount or deal. For example, with Mother’s Day coming up, you may see a lot of emails coming in which offer 3 course meal for ‘x’ amount or free Prosecco for mum e.t.c. Just keep an eye out for the deals that interest you and you’ll soon start saving money.
Check for voucher codes online or with companies you’re already with
If you are not signed up to a restaurants email subscription, you can also see if there are any deals or discounts online. Often people will share any deals they’ve found on websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk, hotukdeals.com and vouchercloud.com so that you don’t have to go hunting for them too! Your insurance company may also offer you discounts on a lot chain restaurants. For example if you buy your insurance through comparethemarket they offer 2 for 1 on meals at a large variety of chain restaurants. Also, if you get break down cover with the AA, as part of their membership bonus you can get discounts off selected restaurants.
Check for lunchtime deals/ Monday deals
During a restaurant’s quieter periods, they often offer set menus to entice more people to come in. For example, Yo Sushi used to offer ‘Blue Mondays’ where their most popular dishes could be ordered at a discounted price. (They no longer run this deal however they do run ‘Green Wednesday’ for veggies and vegans and often have discount codes on their website for Mondays.) Also you may find that you can save a lot of money by going out to eat during the lunchtime. They are usually slightly smaller portions but you can usually get a set menu for multiple courses at a discounted price.
Check for cashback offers
Certain banks will offer cash back offers which includes restaurants as an incentive to use your cards. If you use online banking or a mobile banking app it can be really easy to look up whether you can get cash back at your restaurant of choice! There are also lots of different cash back websites out there that can offer you money back at selected restaurants. For example: TopCashback!
These last two tips mostly apply to independent food buisnesses who probably don’t have the opportunity to pair with bigger bussinesses to provide discounts.
Check social media
Social media can be a great platform for smaller businesses to get their audience building. Posting a post on Facebook or a story on Instagram can go a long way so often restaurants will post about their upcoming deals on social media. Here are a few examples I found from my Instagram stories in the Worcester (UK) area.
(Burgers shown from The Burger Shop are meat based but they do have vegetarian options available)
Speak to the restaurant!
If in doubt and you’re unsure if your favourite place offer any deals just ask! You can easily comment on one of their social media posts, send them a direct message or pop in. I’m sure they would be happy to share if they have any upcoming deals as you are showing a real interest at dining at their establishment.
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips to saving money eating out! Wherever or whenever you next go out I hope you have a joyful and delicious time!