I absolutely love going out for meals but it can add up if you go regularly. I always try to save money on going out for food and I have shared below some ways to save some money on your trips to your favourite restaurants.
Sign up to their Newsletter
Even if you just sign up temporarily I would highly recommend that you sign up to their newsletter. You will receive exclusive discount codes and vouchers. I am a member of Zizzi's newsletter (my all-time favourite restaurant) and I have actually got 40% off vouchers at least a couple of times a year and there is always some other discount on at all times.
I am also the first to find out about new dishes and changes to the menu which is always nice.
Ask if they offer discount
Most restaurants give discounts to Students, NHS workers or even some other workplaces (I know some do for Tesco workers). They don't advertise these discounts very much so it is always worth asking once you receive your bill. My mum works for NHS and has been able to get discounts before and I have a student card that has helped a lot.
Every where I go I always ask because you just never know. You could save up to 20% off your bill each time.
Saving when going to the Cinema
If you are looking to take a trip for a meal and the cinema a lot of restaurants that are located close to cinemas have offers that give you discount to the cinema if you eat there first meaning you could save a lot on your trip.
They usually show them quite clearly on boards outside of the restaurant but you can always call them first before you head out.
Don't get dessert
Me and my boyfriend always skip on desserts at restaurants now because they are really expensive for what you get. Instead, if we really feel like a sweet treat we save dessert for until we get home. Sometimes I would just prefer to have a classic Dairy Milk or if we are looking for something special then we can get some brownies, chuck them in the microwave and serve them with some ice-cream. Super easy and just as nice as what you would get at the restaurant.
Always visit the restaurant's website before your visit. A lot of the time they will have discount vouchers on their website that otherwise you wouldn't have known about. Or just google "Restaurant Name Discount Voucher" and there are websites dedicated to offering voucher codes for not just restaurants but any other stores.
Hope you loved these ideas on how I save money each time I go out to eat. Do you have any more tips?