Are you a college student? Or a single person living by yourself?
If you wish to eat out every day on a budget, this post is for you. Not everyone is good at cooking. Even if you do know how to cook, who has time to go grocery shopping and then spend countless hours preparing food. This can be particularly tough if you are a guy. This post is intended to help you eat out every day on a budget.
5 Tips to Eat out Every Day on a Budget
1) Google the Restaurant Name Before Heading Out
So a restaurant near your residence caught your eye and you want to try out the food they serve? When it comes to restaurants, it is best not to judge the price beforehand. The best way to know about the price is by Googling the name of the restaurant and going through comments or find a menu. Check for both the prices and portion sizes.
2) Eat at Subway
Sunway is one of those rare fast food joints where you get healthy and fresh food. A subway sandwich indeed costs more than the one you get on the street, but the ingredients are wholesome and the staff is quite welcoming. A subway sandwich in a city like New York will cost you anywhere from $6-$7.
3) Do Not Order Alcohol or Soft Drinks
Both alcohol and soft drinks are way overpriced in a restaurant. Most restaurants like McDonald’s rely on soft drink sales to make up for the cheap food prices. Moreover, you will be far happier without adding alcohol or sugary soft drinks to your diet. Eating out is quite unhealthy as it is, why make matters worse by adding alcohol or soft drinks.
4) Never Pay for Water
Having a few sips of tap water is perfectly fine and you do not need to spend more on bottled water. Some restaurants purposefully ask you to buy bottled water. Flag these restaurants and only go to the ones where water is free of charge.
5) Make the Best of Vouchers and Coupons
There is no shame in flashing a discount coupon to save a few bucks. Subscribe to a website/mobile app like Groupon where you can get 50-80 percent off on restaurants near you. You can also ask the restaurant owner for a discount if you visit there on a regular basis. A local restaurant would definitely agree to give you a 10-20 percent discount if you promise to visit periodically.
Can Eating out Be Healthy?
There is no one answer to this question. It all depends on your current health situation and secondly, on where you eat out. Eating out at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Chick-fil-A won’t do you any good. You might save a few bucks but your health will spiral downwards. Make sure the restaurant you eat at serves wholesome meals like soups, stews, rice-and-beans, etc.