Seniors can save money on eating out if they follow these tips
Senior Citizens can still eat out, even on limited incomes, if they choose their restaurant or fast food chain wisely. Follow these guidelines on ways Seniors can save money on eating out.
1. Be sure to ask for your Senior Citizen discount.
You might think, ‘Okay, if this place gives a Senior Discount, they will tell me, right?’ Wrong! We ate at local fast food restaurant, Taco Bell, for quite a while before one kind cashier gave us a senior discount. We had never known it before! Now we know to ask for our senior discount up front, before we order. This Senior Citizen discount amounts to 10% off our total ticket. The more we buy, the more we save!
2. Look for specials on weekdays at your favorite restaurants. We have just learned one local fast food restaurant offers a hamburger and fries for only $1.25 on Sundays and Mondays. (I won’t put the name until I check that out, but I think that is about as inexpensive as it gets!)
3. At a dine-in restaurant, check out the list of appetizers before you order, as there may be an item which is cheaper on the appetizer list than on the regular menu. One local fish eatery offered a great catfish nugget appetizier for only $6.99, complete with fries, while their regularly priced menu item for almost the same thing was $9.99.
4. If there are two of you to feed, look for a meal you can split between you. We often do that at some of our local dine-in restaurants.
At our local steakhouse, I recently ordered the chicken tenders meal, which was part of the $7.99 special they were having. When the server brought our food, I had 5 or 6 huge pieces of chicken tenders. There were two side items offered with my meal, and the server kept us supplied with hot rolls. I only ate about half the chicken strips, took the rest home in a to-go box for lunch the next day. My husband and my sister-in-law and her husband all looked at the huge serving of chicken strips I got. So the next week, all four of us ordered identical chicken tenders meals!
Now, if we want to save on our ticket, my spouse and I order only one chicken tenders meal. With two side orders, we may each get a salad or a baked potato and between the two of us, we may still have some chicken strips left over.
5. When you eat out, choose to drink water instead of cold drinks or coffee. Drinking water is so good for you, (remember your much-needed eight glasses per day). In the case of eating out, this decision can save you two or three dollars, per person, off your total bill. We sometimes decide to drink water, then use the money we saved as the tip for our waitress.
6. Eat at cafeteria style eateries where tipping is not always required. If we eat at a dine-in restaurant where tipping is expected, I usually always tip more than I should, tipping 20% or even 30%, especially if my spouse and I are splitting one meal. But I also like eating at a local cafeteria styled restaurant where tipping is neither expected, nor required.
Now you have some of my tips on Seniors Save Money: Eating Out.
You don’t have to stay home and share a tuna sandwich and soup. Senior Citizens can get out and eat out, saving money with these guidelines!