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Free Meals for Children at RestaurantsI am looking for names of restaurants that have free (or discounted) children's meals. We love to go out to eat, but I get so upset when we have to pay for children's meals, and thay do not eat all of it. Any idea's for free meals or discounts would be great.

 

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Saving Money on Fast FoodThis is a page about saving money on fast food. The cost of fast food can add up, but there are a few simple ways to save money when eating at fast food restaurants.

 

Fast food hamburger and fries

Using Dollar Menus at Fast Food RestaurantsThis is a page about dollar menus at fast food restaurants. One way to save money and actually reduce calories when eating at a fast food restaurant, is to eat from the dollar menu.

 

Sports fans drinking at a sports bar.

How Much Should You Tip at a Sports Bar?This is a page about how much should you tip at a sports bar. Enjoying a game at your local sports bar means that you will be spending a lot of time there, unlike a dinner out at a sit down restaurant. This does sometimes make it difficult to decide on a reasonable tip for your server.

 

A tip on a table in a restaurant.

Calculating Tips at RestaurantsThis is a page about calculating tips at restaurants. Without a calculator, you can still easily do the math to determine the tip amount appropriate for your meal.

 

A family eating out.

Saving Money at RestaurantsThis is a page about saving money at restaurants. Dining out is a pleasant social experience; but it can be pricey.

 

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Have It Your Way PizzaThe other evening, after a long and very unsuccessful garage sale, my husband and I were craving a quick and easy meal, pizza. However, because we had taken in so little cash, we were loathe to spend the $22.00 our local pizzeria charges for our favourite "loaded" veggie pizza.

 

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Dining Out For Recipes IdeasWhen we eat in new restaurants and try different kinds of food, we take a photo of particularly delicious dishes (and the menu entry for it if it is something we never had before) with our camera phone. Then I try to find a recipe for it so we can enjoy it at home.

 

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Fast Food Happy HoursWe save money and have fun during the summer by taking advantage of happy hours at the local restaurants (DQ and Steak 'n Shake, etc.) Between 2:00 and 4:00pm you can order any milk shake or beverage for half price.

 

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Unique Dining in the Baltimore AreaI am looking for a unique dining experience in the Baltimore, Maryland area. If you know Hausner's or Peter Pan restaurants, they are along lines of what I mean. Thank you.

 

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Get A Free Burger At Carl's Jr. With Your Gift CardFirst I'll admit to stopping by fast food, not that you aren't going to know in a minute anyway! When at Carl's Jr. I noticed if you purchase a $20.00 gift card, you receive a coupon for a $6.00 burger at no charge.

 

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Food Freebies for Your BirthdayBest of all you don't have to go on your birthday. They give you about a 2 week window of time to use the coupon.

 

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Eating Out Can Be Cheaper Than Eating InBecause of the cutback in people's dining out with all the economic turmoil we're in, restaurants are making some very good offers to lure diners into their establishments. I find that sometimes it is less expensive for us to eat out than to prepare some meals at home.

 

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No Mess Doggie Bag!Since I have difficulty finishing a meal at a restaurant, I often take food home in a doggie bag. But doggie bags can get messy. So in order to get my leftovers home in tact, I carry one-gallon freezer bags in the car to secure the doggie bag and to prevent leakage.

 

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Link: Restaurant.comI LOVE using the website, restaurant.com, where you can get discounted $10, $25,$50, and sometimes even $100 gift certificates for half off. This year when I went to Myrtle Beach, SC, for vacation, I made sure to see what they had to offer in that area and printed three certificates to bring with me.

 

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Check Out Restaurants.com for Thrifty Dining OutThis site, www.restaurant.com, has gift certificates of various amounts. A certificate for $25.00 usually runs $10.00. Here is where the savings come in.

 

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Look for Gift Card Deals at RestaurantsIf you like to eat out, look for discount restaurant deals. Last year, Chili's ran a deal where if you bought a $25 gift card, you got a $5 free.

 

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Adding Less Dressing to Your SaladWhile dining, be careful not to slather on too much dressing on top of your salad. We like the taste of the dressing, but not all those calories they pack onto our waistlines. Ask for your dressing on the side.

 

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McDonald's Dollar MenuHere is a cheap lunch tip: McDonald's has a $1 menu. Order a side salad, which is small, and the 4 piece chicken nuggets. Cut the nuggets into small pieces. All for only $2!

 

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Avoiding Overeating at RestaurantsHere's a tip to keep you from overeating at restaurants or even at home. About 30 minutes before the meal, eat an apple. Apples are very rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that slows digestion so you feel fuller longer. "An apple a day, keeps the pounds away!"

 

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Keeping from Eating Too MuchWhenever you go out to eat, box up half of your meal. That way, you don't eat as much, and you have another meal for the next day!

 

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Bring Your Drinks HomeAfter eating at a restaurant, ask for a child's cup to take the rest of your drink home. Not only does this save on your drink so that it doesn't get dumped out (refill before you leave and take it with you), you also get a free drink container.

 

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Splitting Dinners at RestaurantsDo you ever get disgusted with the large portions of food you get when eating in a restaurant? Yet you don't want to take a doggie bag home? And sometimes you end up eating more than you planned, not because you were hungry, but because it's there. Here's what I do...

 

A family eating out.

Save Money Eating OutSaving money while eating out at restaurants. Here are tips suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Cooking at home saves money, but when you do eat out, order water instead of a beverage to help keep your check low.

 

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Saving Money at RestaurantsTips for saving money while eating out at restaurants. If you have a great idea that was missed, post it here!

 

Frugal Food Tips While On VacationOur family has been fortunate to be able to travel to some pretty exciting places over the years. My travel philosophy has always been that the budget should be spent on the sights and sounds that could not otherwise be experienced at home and not so much on the food portion of the budget.

 

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