With the rising costs of getting by, Americans are looking for ways to reduce their expenses. The basics, like utilities and telecommunication services, are one of the best places to start. There is no shortage of websites to help customers decide which phone and cable “bundling” package will serve them best, or to search out better insurance rates, and a really useful new site, www.texasenergycompanies.net, is great for helping Dallasites lower their energy rates. Cutting costs where they can be leaves more money for the fun stuff in life, like going out to eat.
Dallas obviously has no shortage of awesome restaurants to visit, but not all are affordable for more than the occasional visit. But there are some simple useful tips that make it easier to sample some of the finer fare the Dallas area has to offer without going broke.
Out to Lunch
Fine-dining establishments that are open for lunch frequently offer the same dishes as they do in the evening, just at a more affordable price. A late lunch followed by a movie is still a nice way to spend the afternoon and evening, and the savings reaped leaves money left over to share a late-night dessert or nightcap.
What’ll you have?
Ask your server what their beverage specials are. Many restaurants feature wines from a particular vineyard at a reduced rate, or their alcohol purveyor gives them a deal on new products they want to push. Some places even allow customers to bring their own bottle; they just charge a nominal corkage fee. Alcohol has a much higher profit margin than food does, and the final bill can be considerably less if wise beverage choices are made.
Share and share alike
Appetites don’t always necessitate one entree per person. Sharing one entree, and ordering an extra soup or salad, is frequently plenty filling, and always less expensive than the price of two entrees. Even with a small shared plate fee that is sometimes charged, it is still advantageous.
Explore the appetizers
Appetizers are generally one-third to one-half less than the price of an entree, but frequently just as satisfying. Sometimes three or four, or even five apps, are less costly than two full dinners, and it is a great way to sample more of the flavors the restaurant have to offer.
Do your homework
Just like there are websites to help trim your electric bill, there are plenty of websites that help find the best restaurant deals in your neighborhood. Look at the “Dining Out” section in the newspaper, or the coupon flyers that come in the mail. New places frequently have great offers to help them build a new customer base.
With a little research and some flexibility, going out for a night on the town can still be a great way to relax and reconnect with one another, at a price the wallet can afford.
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