Eating at home isn’t always an option. Sometimes you are just too busy or tired to even think about turning the oven on. However, you can still save money while eating out. Look for inexpensive, local options while eating out. Chain restaurants are often more expensive and the food isn’t as good. Local restaurants often use local ingredients, make everything by hand, and have more local flair.
Whenever possible, use coupons to save even more money. Buying an Entertainment book—a book full of coupons for local restaurants and businesses—is a good investment if you go out to eat a lot. It’s full of coupons for 20% off your total bill, buy one meal get one free, and kids eat free coupons. You can also frequent restaurants that use punch cards or customer reward cards. This will keep track of each visit, and after a certain number of visits you get a free or discounted meal. If you know you want to eat out this week check Groupon or Living Social for discount vouchers.
This makes meals out more enjoyable—you get to eat at a yummy restaurant while saving money, which keeps you from feeling guilty about treating yourself. Even during the holiday season, you need to take care of yourself with a good meal.
Plus, you could put the money you save aside into a Christmas fund.
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- View the whole 100 Days of Saving on Christmas here.
- Day 1, Shop Groupon and Other Deal Sites
- Day 2, Use FFD and Other Deal Blogs
- Day 3, Use Kohls Coupons for Freebies
- Day 4, Use Swagbucks
- Day 5, Save Your Change Throughout the Year
- Day 6, Recycle for Cash
- Day 7, Sell Old Items on Ebay or Craigslist
- Day 8, Have a Garage Sale
- Day 9, Create an Etsy Store
- Day 10, Eat at Home
- Day 11, Buy From the Thrift Store and Save the Difference
- Day 12, Shop at Garage Sales for New Items
- Day 13, Make Lunches to Take to Work
- Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or Down
- Day 15, Shop the Dollar Store for Gifts
- Day 16, Bake or Make Gifts
- Day 17, Give Acts of Service
- Day 18, Start a Family Tradition of Volunteering
- Day 19, Stockpile Gifts Throughout the Year
- Day 20, Make a Christmas Budget
- Day 21, Drive Less During the Year
- Day 22, Trade Babysitting with Friends
- Day 23, Sign Up for Goldstar
- Day 24, Sell Your Clothing to a Resale Store
- Day 25, Sign up for Plink
- Day 26, Try Ebay, Craigslist, and Local Facebook for Gifts
- Day 27, Create Gift Baskets
- Day 28, Trade Services
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