- Daily Specials - Many of the restaurants in our area have daily specials that lower the cost of the items we normally order. For example, one restaurant offers two free appetizers with two entrees on Wednesdays. Another has wine by the bottle at store prices on Thursdays. Another reduces their rib platter price from 33% on Saturdays and Sundays. One of our favorites has half priced appetizers all day on Sundays.
Of course, savings involve limiting oneself to the specials, which we would have ordered in most cases anyway.
- Gift Card Discounts. Several restaurants in our area offer discounts or bonuses of 20 - 25% when purchasing a gift card value of $100. Thus, we sometimes get a $100 card for $80 or a $125 card for $100. While I usually don't like the idea of owning gift cards, a restaurant gift card can often be purchased and used up on the same day for a meal. Thus, one doesn't have the burden of carrying a gift card with a balance.
A nice benefit of a gift card is that it doesn't restrict what one can order and it can be used to cover the tax and tip.
- Fixed Price Specials. Several restaurants offer three course menus at special prices, often at a 20% discount to a la carte. The courses usually include appetizer/salad, entree and desert. Beverages, taxes and tip are extra.
Since these are promotional menus to attract new customers, they often have excellent selections and prices.
Finally, we don't try to save on the tip for service. Usually, we give around a 20% tip for good service and a little more if the service is outstanding.
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