Who doesn’t fancy a cheeky Nando’s or a quick KFC? Indulging in your favourites doesn’t have to leave you penniless though. Making a habit out of eating out or getting a takeaway every other night can put a bit of a strain on your finances, especially if you’re on a budget. However, we all deserve a little treat now and again, and who says eating out in restaurants needs to cost the equivalent of your entire weekly food shop! Here’s how to eat out without breaking the bank and enjoy tasty foods.
1. Sign Up For Freebies/Birthday Treats
Lots of restaurants that do takeaway, cafes, and bars offer discounts and free treats on your birthday in exchange for signing up for their newsletter. Some people go to town on it and get all sorts for free! At Pizza Express, if you sign up for the Pizza Express newsletter you’ll be emailed a voucher for a free bottle of Prosecco (subject to availability) on your birthday. You can’t get more than one bottle per table or group, and must use the offer within two weeks before or after your birthday – remember to bring proof (eg, passport, driving licence). It can’t be used with any other offer.
As a Tastecard member, you get 2 for 1 on meals at your favourite restaurants including; Pizza Express, Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s, and many more. With thousands of restaurants to choose from, there is something for everyone. They have various trial membership offers, anyone can sign up for a 60-day free trial, free until June 2021. After the trial, it auto-renews £5.99 a month or annual £34.99 but you can cancel before the charge if you decide it’s not for you!
3. Pick Up Your Takeaway
Delivery service costs extra money. In addition to a tip, customers can oftentimes find themselves ordering extra dishes to make up the minimum spend required for delivery. You can spend five to ten minutes picking up your food on the way home from work and save yourself some money!
4. Use Vouchers & Special Offers
Groupon and Wowcher are voucher sites that have some great discounts on the best food and drinks spots across the UK and also great for gifts. Vouchers range from gin distillery tours to macaroon-making courses to discounted meals, afternoon teas, and more. If you’re looking for something special then this is the place, from The Crazy Bear Group to Marco Pierre’s restaurants to the Waldorf London Hilton – so many savings to be had!
5. Think About What You Order
Parsimonious as it sounds, it is amazing how often diners over-order, wasting food and money in the process. Check what comes with your main course before you add any side dishes, and don’t be railroaded by any “helpful” suggestions the staff make about ordering additional dishes. If you end up ordering less and still feel hungry after, you can order more while you’re dining in.