Category Archives: Ways to Save

Complain When Necessary

When I was in college, I went with a few of my friends to a local restaurant. One of my friends ordered a chicken sandwich; after she had eaten a few bites, she discovered it was raw in the middle. I am not talking pink, but absolutely raw in the middle. Although she was not… Continue Reading

Restaurant Gift Certificates with Charity Dine

Unless you live under a rock (apologies to all the earthworms reading this blog), you’re probably familiar with Restaurants.com. I’ve used them in the past, and I know we’ve discussed how they work several times here on Dining Out Challenge. Now, a group in south Florida is upping the ante on the idea of selling… Continue Reading

Did Your Valpak Disappear Too?

For years, I looked forward to seeing the monthly Valpak packet arrive in my mailbox. Sure, it was predictable; it almost always arrived on a Wednesday, and it almost always contained coupons and discounts to the same handful of local restaurants. But if you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I like… Continue Reading

Plate Sharing While Eating Out

My family and I just got back from eating out at a restaurant that used to be out of our price range. We’d go in, sit down, take one look at the menu, and realize that we were going to blow our dining out budget big time. Nevertheless, we’d remain in our booth, ordering not… Continue Reading

Entertainment Book Fiasco

Every year since I became a bonafied adult, I’ve purchased a local Entertainment Book; you know, the glossy, thick publication packed with restaurant coupons, discount admission passes to local museums, and freebies to area businesses. The motivation behind my purchase is twofold; not only do I end up saving money all year long, but I… Continue Reading

My Kids Eat Free: Review

Before my husband and I had kids, dining out on a budget was a breeze. Granted, it was in many ways unnecessary – these were the days before we were paying for a family health insurance plan, dance classes, preschool, or food and clothing for a family of four – but it was, nonetheless, far… Continue Reading

My Husband, The Recipe Pirate

Let’s be clear about one thing: I have high-end tastes. Whether it’s my wardrobe, my housewares, or my appetite, I like the finer things in life. Christian Louboutin, Zac Posen, Judith Leiber – I have caviar dreams. Unfortunately, I also have a canned tuna budget. These days, I buy off the rack and spend more… Continue Reading

Save Using Discount Gift Cards

It was my 30th birthday, and I wanted one thing and one thing only for my birthday dinner: the Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill. Too bad the appetizer costs $9 in my area, leaving me with just $16 to reach my max budget of $25 to feed my family of four. With the restaurant’s… Continue Reading