While I am all about simple living, I still love eating out. However, the frugalista in me hates to pay the over-inflated restaurant bill. There’s just something about looking at that $8 plate of eggs that turns my stomach. Because I know I can make that same plate of eggs (even better) at home for pennies. For our family of 5, a typical meal in a restaurant complete with beverages, an appetizer, and entrees can easily top $100. And that’s without any dessert!
I know, I know, cooking at home will save me money. The problem is, I am not always at home. To add to the dilemma, sometimes I just want to eat out at a restaurant. To me, there’s nothing better than going on a date with my husband and not having to cook.
Did you know the majority of restaurants mark up the prices of their food by at least 3 times what they paid for it? When you go out to eat, you are not only paying for the food and beverages you order, you are also paying for the cooks, wait staff, ambiance, rent for the building, advertising costs and more.
What does all of this mean for the frugal consumer? Do we have to stop eating out altogether? Is there a way we can still enjoy a meal at a restaurant without breaking the bank? The answer is, “yes”. All it takes is a little bit of planning.