“Let’s go to (insert over-priced restaurant meal here)”
You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it. I doubt I’m the only person who winces slightly when I receive a text message stating the above.
In this article, I’m going to give you some easy tips on how to save a few bucks next time you’re eating out.
First, it bothers me that our society has become so centered around food and eating. In a country that is facing an obesity crisis, we should not be living to eat. Meals at most restaurants are extremely (and often deceptively) high in calories. I believe in this principle of a healthy lifestyle: food should not be such a source of entertainment. We should use it to fuel our bodies to live our lives.
Now, my issue with money comes into play. As all readers of this blog know, I shop at thrift stores. In fact, there is an 87% chance that the cost of an average restaurant meal is the same as (if not more than) what I paid for both my shirt and my pants. For the most part, I would rather spend money on a tangible (and wearable) garment than on a very forgettable sandwich.
But, I have to disagree with myself a bit. Sometimes (once a week or every few weeks) it is nice to treat yourself. This morning I consumed two large chocolate chip, walnut pancakes. It was ten dollars (generous tip included), and it was magical.
All in all, I feel that eating at restaurants should not be habitual; it should be an occasional treat. This article was not intended to be offensive in any way. I simply wanted to share some ways I am able to save money while living in a society obsessed with eating out. Comment down below if you found this helpful or if you think I need to get off my soap-box.