Save Money When Eating Out

When people think about saving money, they usually think about saving money on their groceries. Well, you can also save money when eating out!

The only time our family goes out to eat is when we are able to save money when eating out. We receive free or discounted meals each and every time.

Save Money When Eating Out

Save Money When Eating Out

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Visit Restaurant.com. There you can browse restaurants in your area and purchase a $10 gift certificate for $4 or a $25 certificate for $10. Restaurant.com frequently runs sales and I have been able to get $25 certificates for $2. Print the certificates and keep them in your car so you will always have them available. There is also an app you can download to your phone.
  2. Sign up for Groupon. This site offers 50-90% discounts for restaurants in your area. They also offer discounts for entertainment as well as goods and services.
  3. Visit your favorite restaurant’s websites and sign up to receive e-mail offers. Enter your birthday on those sites and you’ll receive coupons for discounted or free meals and desserts the month of your birthday.
  4. Follow your favorite restaurants on Twitter and Facebook. A lot of times they will offer special deals to their followers that they don’t offer to the public.
  5. Eat out for lunch instead of dinner. You’re getting the same meal, just paying less for it. Depending on what you order, the meal could be a little smaller than what’s offered for dinner, but most of the time, it’s the same size.

As you can see, there are many opportunities to obtain coupons and save money when eating out. Once the coupon offers start rolling in, you will wonder why you ever paid full price for a meal!

How do you save money when eating out? Let me know in the comments below…I love to learn new ways to save! 🙂

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5 Back-to-School Organizing Tips

If you live with children that attend school, they are either already back in school or about to return.

Here are 5 back-to-school organizing tips to help ease the transition for you and the kids!

5 back-to-school organizing tips

5 Back-to-School Organizing Tips

  1. Begin getting everyone back on a sleep schedule. Have everyone go to bed and get up the same time each day to reset their internal clocks so they won’t be tired those first few weeks. Here are some additional tips to get your family organized in 3 easy steps.
  2. Begin planning their lunches if they will be bringing them to school. Purchase needed supplies such as a thermos, sandwich containers, lunchboxes, utensils, napkins, etc. Sit with them and plan the lunches they would like to take. Create a weekly grocery list based on these items so you will always have them on hand.
  3. Decide on a space in your home for backpacks, coats, shoes and papers from school. If everyone knows where to place their items when they come in, they’ll be less likely to just drop them on the floor.
  4. Think of how you want to store and keep track of papers from school. One option would be to purchase an inexpensive file box and create folders to hold weekly newsletters from the teachers, graded papers, artwork, informational papers from the school and progress reports/report cards. Ideally, you could store a year’s worth of papers for 2 children in one file box. At the end of each marking period, purge the items from the folders and discard what you don’t need. Here’s a detailed post I wrote about organizing your child’s school papers. There’s also an app called Artkive that allows you to take pictures of your child’s artwork and then create a photo book. We use this app all the time and love it!
  5. Set up a homework station in an area where the child will not be distracted. If they are young and need your help with homework, keep them close by, but keep distractions to a minimum. Have a container nearby that holds all of their needed supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, calculator, etc.) so they don’t need to get up every time they need something.

If you have any additional back-to-school organizing tips to add, I’d love to read them in the comments section below! 🙂

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The Easiest Way to Save Money on Summer Outings

Summertime is supposed to be the laziest time of the year. If that’s so, why are so many of us busier during the summer than any other time of the year? This post will show you the easiest way to save money on summer outings.

save money on summer Outings the easy way

Save Money on Summer Outings the Easy Way

Our family hit the ground running on the first day of their summer break and we haven’t slowed down yet!

One problem with all this busyness is that you have the potential to spend a lot more money in the summer with all of the activities and trips planned. So I set out to find ways to save money on summer outings the easy way.

While planning a visit to an amusement park this summer, I came across a few ways to save on this very expensive excursion. Thank goodness, because before the discounts, it would have cost us over $300 for a one-day outing!

Hopefully, these tips will help you save money while planning your summer outings.

  1. Use some type of coupon. Coupons can be found in stores, soda cans, newspapers, memberships with warehouse clubs, AAA and by going to the website. Usually there are discounted prices to be had if you go online and purchase advance tickets. If you are in the military, be sure to inquire about discounts. A lot of attractions offer free admission if you are active in the military. There are great discounts for those retired from the military also.
  2. Bring food with you. Most places will not allow you to bring food in, but you can fill a cooler and leave it in your car to enjoy when you get hungry. It will definitely be cheaper and possibly healthier this way.
  3. If you decide to eat at the park, try to eat before 11 am or after 1. Most people eat between those times and the food lines will be super long and eat up your fun time. (Not really a money saver-but definitely a time saver 🙂 )
  4. Try to get the group rate. Get a few families to go along with you to receive a discounted rate. You’ll also save on gas and parking fees if you carpool. Also, if you or a member of your family is active or retired military look out for discounts for those as well.
  5. Allocate a set amount for each child to spend on souvenirs. Purchase the items right before you leave, so you don’t have to worry about carrying them around with you all day.

Those are some of my tips for saving money on summer outings. If you have any tips to add, feel free to include them in the comments section below.

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