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Save Money on Your Next Restaurant Meal

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Let’s face it… eating out is fun – but it’s very overpriced for what you truly get in most cases. Here’s what you can do to get all the enjoyment without having to pay and arm and a leg next time.

(1) Whenever possible, choose restaurants based on available discounts and coupons. Take time to check the internet, subscribe to daily deal sites, save coupons from the mail, follow your favorite places on Facebook and Twitter, join their birthday club, and more. At some restaurants, you can even text while already there to receive instant discounts. (Works for summer activities too!)

(2) Don’t order kids’ meals. Unless they are picky eaters, search the menu for larger, satisfying meals that can be shared. For example, choose meals that come with 2 sides, plus bread. Have two family members split the main entrée, each choose one side, and share any extras. A family of 4 can often trim an additional $12+ off their bill this way. (Be sure to ask about any sharing charges first. And, of course, this does not apply to buffets.)

(3) Check the cost of adding an extra side, instead of ordering a full meal or an appetizer. If someone is not very hungry, adding an extra side to someone else’s meal can be a cheap way to feed everyone.

(4) Order smaller portions. Most restaurants have ‘lunch’ or ‘half’ sizes available. This works especially well for entrée salads and meals that come with sides. You’ll likely still get plenty to eat, but trim $2+ off each person’s order.

(5) Skip dessert at the restaurant. If you crave dessert, stop at a store on the way home. The same $5+ price of many dessert selections at a restaurant can yield some dessert for everyone, instead of one small portion.

(6) Eat early – even ‘lunchtime’. Going early in the day can automatically cut your restaurant bill. Lunch or early bird pricing is usually much cheaper, with good portion size. Some restaurants serve ‘lunch’ as late as 4 p.m. and ‘early bird’ pricing as late as 6 p.m.

(7) Cut your meal in half immediately. Ask for a to-go box, and set half your meal in it before you start eating. A common weight-loss technique, this can yield money savings on tomorrow’s lunch, as well as calorie savings.

(8) Enjoy your soda, tea or coffee before you go. The price of beverages at restaurants is appalling. And adds up fast. So, to remove the temptation to order one, enjoy a glass before you go out. Then only order water.

The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, extreme couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over five years, has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer. Each week,’s over 70 angels combine over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better. Simply log in, choose the deals you want, print or clip only the coupons you need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores. Our angels will personally work with you to craft a plan that will help you buy healthier food at lower prices – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month.

Josh Elledge is the Chief Executive “Angel” of SavingsAngel, Inc. – launched from his home in January 2007. A husband and father of three, he now appears each week on television, in eight newspapers, and a number of radio stations across the country teaching families how to cut their grocery bill in half using the Internet. Elledge created the technology found on through the need to save his own family’s money. Successfully able to cut his own grocery bill from $600 a month to less than $300 a month, his message has reached hundreds of thousands of families. is now growing rapidly throughout the country. You can watch a short video at that will explain more information about how to cut your own grocery bill in half with the help of!

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