4 Ways to Save Money When Eating Out

Financial Wellness
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Catching up with friends over bottomless brunch.

Dining out with family and loved ones.

These are activities that most of us were not able to enjoy much for most of last year.

But now that all restaurants, pubs and cafes are back in full swing, socialising over a meal or drinks has become trendy again.

In fact, restaurant spending and staycation bookings have soared since July 2021.

It’s awesome to finally be able to do these things again, but you don’t have to splash it all out to enjoy these experiences.

Here are some surefire tips to help you save money when eating out.

Like your fave restos on social media.

With one click, you can save loads! Most restaurants offer exclusive deals and discounts for their followers.

Plus, you’ll get the latest updates on their limited edition promos so you can go with your friends, partner or family whilst the promo runs.

You’ll also be the first to know when they’re running competitions so you can join and have a chance to win prizes and freebies.

Easy, right?

Look out for Pre-Theatre Deals.

Lots of restaurants, even fancy ones around West End, offer a special menu for those who dine before busy hours, usually from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

They’re called a ‘pre-theatre’ menu because traditionally, it catered to those who would stop for a quick meal before heading off to the theatre.

The menu will normally offer 2 or 3 courses, with just a few options for each course. On average, you can enjoy a 3-course meal for £20 or less.

Awesome deal, but it’s even better when you use Zilch because you can tap and pay over 6 weeks with no fees and 0% APR.

You can also pay in full and get cashback in Zilch Rewards which you can use to discount future purchases. Sweet!

Make the most out of special occasions.

Free cake for your birthday? A glass of champagne for your anniversary? It’s possible!  

Many restaurants offer complimentary drinks, dishes or desserts when there’s a special occasion, especially if you’re signed up to their newsletter.

If not, just book in advance and let them know what special occasion you’re celebrating. Chances are, you’ll get a treat!

Check this list of restos that give birthday freebies! You’re welcome!

Get creative with your order.

Here’s a super helpful tip: check the restaurant menu online ahead of time so that you’ll already know what you want and how much you’ll be paying for exactly when you get there.

Deciding on the spot can put a lot of pressure on you. Also, checking the menu beforehand will allow you to get more creative with your order.

Instead of ordering the usual starter, main and dessert, perhaps ordering two starters instead of one main will allow you to enjoy the same amount of food and more variety for less!

Or if you’re eating at a resto with generous serving sizes, you can share dishes!

Not only will you be able to have a bit of everything like a tasting menu, but your bill could also be more budget-friendly.

If you don’t want to go through all that, you can always use Zilch to tap and pay overtime or pay in full and get 5% cashback until the 31st of December!

Already planning for your next resto meal? Awesome!

With the tips we’ve mentioned above, the foodie in you will be able to savour yummy eats without splurging too much.

Bon appetit!

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