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Life Lessons: Cut costs when dining out

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 28 2013 09:21:06 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 29 2013 06:17:28 AM CDT

Life lessons cutting costs while eating out

Would you like to cut costs when dining out?

Studies show lots of folks spend half their food budget paying the dinner bill in a restaurant.

If you want to slash costs, you don't have to kick the dining out habit -- just be smarter about how and when you go out to eat.

Whether it's fast food or a romantic meal, the average American spends almost $3,000 eating out!

Here are a few tips on how to save money when on the go.

First, choose the right time of day. Find out when happy hour hits.

Most restaurants offer buy-one-get-one-free deals on beverages and often on food.

Check out the 'Savored' app to find out the discounts local restaurants offer.

Also, bring your own bottle. Alcohol is often marked up two to three-times, but if you bring your own bottle, even paying the corkage fee can save you as much as $20 a bottle.

You can also use social networking apps like "yelp" and "foursquare" to check in at a location. Both allow you to search for deals and offer discounts to those who check in.