Eating out is one of the first luxuries people cut out of a budget when money gets tight. But it seems many are not only starting to eat out again but also ordering dessert!
There’s tons of “well, duh” advice out there on how to save money on eating out (Use a Groupon! Only drink water!), but here are a couple extras you may not have come across.
Yesterday I came across this Alpha Consumer article on smart ways to split the check when you’re out with the group. Here’s a bit from the article:
The other day, my friend mentioned her frustration about splitting restaurant bills evenly when she barely ate, which means she ends up subsidizing the drink and food orders of her friends. It makes her more hesitant to go out with groups of people, especially to pricey places pushing pitchers of margaritas, since the trip could make a serious dent in her budget.
The article sort of glosses over the idea of being assertive with your peer group. The first tactics that came to my mind were these:
1. “Hey, guys. I’m not really hungry tonight so is it OK if I only order a small amount and ask for a separate check?” I mean, who’s going to say no to that?
2. Bypass your friends and simply tell the waiter you’d like a separate check. If they want you to subsidize their eating/drinking habits then they clearly don’t care that much about you.
What creative tips do you have for eating out on the cheap? Have you ever had to respond to pressure to evenly split the bill despite disproportionate ordering?
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter