By splurging strategically, you can still dine out while sticking to your budget. Crystal Paine, author of The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year, shares how.
• Look at the Price First. Instead of looking at the menu and deciding what you want to eat and then looking at the price and deciding whether or not you can afford it, start by deciding what your budget is for your restaurant dinner and then look at the prices to figure out which menu items are within your range.
• Use Coupons. A coupon for a free entree when you purchase another can definitely save you a nice chunk of money-especially if the restaurant has entrees priced at $10 or less. Also, look for coupons for 25 percent off your entire bill. CouponCravings.com has the latest printable coupons available for restaurants nationwide.
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