I know that frugal people try to avoid eating out at restaurants because it's so expensive. It usually costs way more than if you just make a meal for yourself at home. But we do have to be social and hang out with friends and family so here's some tips that I have for frugal people when eating out.
Tip # 1 - Try to go at lunch time. Most restaurants have a lunch menu somewhere between 11 o'clock and 3:30 or 11 and 4 where the meals are a little bit cheaper the portions are
slightly smaller. However, the portions are still probably more food than most people have on their plates when they cook for themselves at home. You can save a little bit of money by eating at a restaurant during the lunch hours.
Tip # 2 – Don’t order juice. Don't do it. It's just sugary and it makes you stay thirsty anyway which is what they count on so you keep ordering drinks - especially when they don't have free refills. Just order water and if you need to have a little bit of flavor ask for some lemon in it and make sure that your specific when you order the water because some restaurants will still bring you a bottled water and charge you four dollars for it. You have to make sure you ask for your water like this - "Oh no I'll just have a glass of tap water with ice please thank you." That's how you order water at a restaurant.
Tip # 3 - Do not order an appetizer. You can go to restaurants where they serve you bread, rolls, biscuits, before the meal comes out trust me by the time you have finished enjoying the biscuits and the water with lemon you will be too full for an appetizer anyway.
Tip # 4 - Ask for a to-go container when they bring you your entree. What's on the plate is going to be way more food than any one person should eat in one sitting most of the time so what I do is I split my entree in half box half of it put that aside and then just eat what's left on my plate and then what I have boxed up I eat for the next meal whether that be for dinner or for lunch the next day and so since I've already spent more than twice as much as I normally would have on a meal if I had cooked at home at least I'm kind of getting two meals for the price of one.