If you have been purchasing all of your meals out rather than making your meals at home, then you know that buying them every day can be a drain on your budget. When you lose your job or if your income is reduced, you realize quite quickly how much money you are spending and that you have to reduce your expenditures. If you like eating out, below are a few ways how you can do this while living on a budget:

Restaurants – Mailing Lists

A good way to get freebies is to sign up for your favorite restaurant’s mailing list. When you sign up, they will send you coupons for free meals and sometimes they will send you coupons for special occasions. If you sign up for a few restaurants’ mailing lists, then the restaurants will be sending you plenty of coupons for free items. These lists also apprise you of special deals such as special offers and special discounts.

Savings Books

Savings Books or Entertainment Books are usually doled out via non-profit organizations and community groups; however, they have recently been available at drugstores and bookstores where you can acquire them at a great price. The Entertainment Book is loaded with coupons that you can use for purchasing restaurant meals. Usually, Entertainment Books contain hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of coupons. Since it does not cost much to purchase the Books, you will still save considerably even if you use a few of the coupons. If you want to know where to find Entertainment Books, do an online search or go to this website (put a link to Entertainment.com) to see what books would be availabile near you.


Groupon is all about collective buying. Groupon is availble nationwide and the reasons they are able to offer members such large discounts is because they negotiate with businesses that they will be a minimum number of purchasers for their products or services. Groupon is free to join and every day they offer a deal. Today’s Groupon deal was an $85 haircut and consultation with a 65 percent discount costing $30. Recently, there was a 79% discount on a $159 golf membership costing members $33.  Groupon offers vary but they have plenty of dining offers.

Be an Early Bird

Many restaurants offer special prices for people who dine early and for the most part seniors take advantage of them but these restaurant offers are not only for that age group. So check them out.  Think about it.  You don’t want to wait until 8:00 pm to feed your kids, so why not feed them at 4:00 pm at an early bird special. In fact, eating earlier can be less expensive than eating later. No only can it be less expensive, there is usually less stress during this time so no matter who you are dining with, this is a great idea. It is not usually busy if you are dining earlier. Another benefit is that the staff will also be able to pay more attention to you. Another added benefit as was said earlier is that you can save considerable by dining earlier rather than later.

Restaurant Offers for Kids

Another good idea is to check out restaurants that have special prices for children.  These restaurants are all across the country.  Once you find good kids deals, you will stop spending big dollars for meals that your kids have no interest in. You should check out restaurants that offer kids eat free deals and sign up for their mailing list.  This way, they will email you when they have special offers and coupons. You can go to this site for a searchble guide – MyKidsEatFree.com.

If you find a restaurant that you like, you can plan a “kids eat free” night often which your children will look forward to. Wouldn’t it be nice if you employ some of the suggestions here and you end up paying considerable less for your meals than you normally would have and you will be saving money in the process.

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