Eating out on a budget

Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t it out. It just means that you have to be a bit creative. We usually like to eat out for lunch or dinner on Saturdays. It’s not a “must do” and I usually try to plan something to make just in case, but it’s nice to have a break from cooking every now and then.

Here’s a few ideas of how we make it work:

This weekend, we decide to eat at Friday’s. We had a BOGO free entree coupon (see below) and a $25 gift card I had gotten through MyPoints (if you haven’t signed up yet, e-mail me if you’d like a referral!). Our total out of pocket for two adult entrees, two kids meals, and tip was $11.

Click here to access the BOGO free entree coupon (it expires on 7/5/09) – thanks Couponing Craze!

Last weekend, we went to Firehouse Subs for lunch. I love their food and my kids love eating there because they get a free fire hat! They have a punch card for frequent diners (buy 6 combo meals, get your 7th free). I had a completed punch card. I also had signed up for their online newsletter and they sent me a coupon for a free kids meal with the purchase of medium (or larger) sub. So, we got two combos and two kids meals for $11.79 out of pocket. You can sign up for their online newsletter here.

For more tips on dining out on a budget, check out this article here.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Friday’s with five cent appetizers!

Visit TGI Friday’s tomorrow to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Between the hours of 4 and 7 pm, you can get appetizers for five cents with the purchase of any beverage. Here are the participating appetizers:

*Crispy Green Bean Fries
*Fried Mozzarella
*BBQ Pork Ravioli Bites
*Pot Stickers
*Loaded Potato skins (half order)

Click here to check out the details.

Give Me More Stripes Members get a free appetizer, and it’s free to sign up! Click here to sign up.