7 Tips to Reduce Your Restaurant Bill. Most of the suggestions fall in the same category as "the earth is round," "the sky is blue" and "that old lady is gonna send her tea back because the water isn't hot enough." In other words, duh. I made a few amendments to the article that I think most servers can truly appreciate.
1. Use coupons and promotions.
Sign up for daily deals sites like Groupon and LivingSocial,
where you can find discounts for 50% to 90% off...
servers love waiting on people who have coupons. Groupon Groupies are
always so pleasant and generous. I mean, if a person is using Groupon to
save money then that totally must mean they are going to use those
extra dollars they saved to tip better, right?
Also take advantage of
restaurant promotions. For instance, Applebees consistently offers
a two-for-$20 deal, which includes two meals (you select from a list of
entrees) and an appetizer. Olive Garden is popular for its limited-time
offers, such as unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks.
Why are you even at Applebee's or Olive Garden? If you are eating at one of those places, you have much bigger issues to deal with then how to save a few bucks.
2. Buy cheap gift certificates.
where you can browse local restaurants and buy discounted gift
certificates such as $25 certificates for $10, or $50 certificates for
Just remember to tip on the original amount
that the food cost. Just because you are using a coupon doesn't mean
that your server should make less money. If every person who sat in his
station that night had a 50% off coupon, and they all tipped on the
discounted amount, the server would be making half of what he normally
would. Does that sound fair to you?
3. Skip the booze.
If you order wine by the glass,
you could be looking at a 400% markup. And as delicious as they are,
fancy, fruity drinks are also overpriced. Even at a budget-friendly
chain restaurant, you could end up paying as much as $7 for a strawberry
I want to know where a strawberry
daiquiri only costs $7. Unless it's at Applebee's or Olive Garden you
can expect to see me there as soon as I am finished typing this.
The cheapest (and healthiest) route, of course, is to order water.
make sure you ask for lots of lemons and some Splenda so that you can
make your own lemonade. Servers love doing this for you. If you don't
want lemonade, ask for cucumber slices or some fresh mint to
brighten up your water. Just because you don't want to spend $3 on a
Coke doesn't mean your taste buds have to suffer . Trust me, waiters
don't mind one bit. And once they bring your bowl of lemons, that is a good time to ask for more bread.
4. Order an entree that includes extras.
you're going to spend more than $10 on a dinner entree, it should
include a soup, salad or dessert. If you can't eat everything, take the
rest of your meal home or purposely save some leftovers.
where the fuck is this chick eating where she thinks a $10 dinner
entree should automatically come with something? In New York City, the
only thing that is going to come with a $10 entree is a half empty
plate. And if you take the leftovers with you, please make sure it's not
two or three fucking french fries. At least make it worth the to-go box
it's going to be in. Really, is one more bite of steak worth the
million years it will take that Styrofoam container to decompose? Oh it is? Then
by all means, do it. And have your green beans in a separate container
as well, you cheap un-caring fuck.
5. Order an appetizer as your meal.
like quesadillas or chicken wings can easily be a sufficient meal,
especially because they are usually served in portions big enough to
If you can save three dollars, forgo that
need for vegetable servings. Who needs 'em? You just eat that big plate
of chicken wings or quesadillas and get yourself some more free bread and in no time at all you
will have saved enough money to go get that liposuction you have been
6. Check your bill.
If you think you paid too much for a mediocre meal,
don't be afraid to politely mention it to your server. We've all
ordered a chicken dish that included more pasta than chicken. Rather
than being annoyed about paying top dollar for a bowl of pasta, say
something. Maybe you'll score a discount or gift card -- or even a free
No place is going to serve equal parts pasta to
equal parts chicken. We don't even do that at home, do we? So she
suggests that after you eat it, you just mention that you didn't like it
so maybe you can get it comped? Hell, no. If you do that, your server
is going to think you're a total asshole. Nothing is more annoying than a
person licking their plate clean and then letting us know that they
didn't like their food. If it happens in my station, the only thing they're going to get is an extra side of "too fucking bad."
7. Earn cash back through surveys.
I don't even know what the fuck she is talking about. I f you can't afford to eat out, just eat at home.
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