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Fast Food, The Frugal Way

Last post Mon, Aug 22 2011 3:52 PM by BargainBinge. 5 replies.
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  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 12:04 PM

    • Brandy
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    Fast Food, The Frugal Way

    For the times when you have to eat out, how do you reduce the cost?

     

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  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 12:58 PM In reply to

    • rolo
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    Re: Fast Food, The Frugal Way

     Stop at the grocery store for cheese and fruit or nuts n raisins and an apple.  If we go to a restaurant (rare) we split a dinner and drink water.  If we each order a meal, we ask for a to go box to come when the food is served.  We divide our meals in half and put it in the box for dinner the next day.  Dh/I each get $50 monthly in "blow" money.  When we eat out, we use our "blow" money.  

     

    Lorrie

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  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 2:27 PM In reply to

    • Kimberly
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    Re: Fast Food, The Frugal Way

    I used to recycle all junk mail that comes in, but I started to keep the coupons and advertisements for fast food and things like that... a lot of them will have free or BOGO's. I started to hang on to them because we would go to pick something up and I'd be like , "darn it! I just tossed a coupon we could have used for this!"
  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 3:09 PM In reply to

    Re: Fast Food, The Frugal Way

    Get water instead of soda, coffee or tea - costs for drinks are outrageous, and they put in more ice than soda or tea (at least, at those places that still serve drinks to you)
  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 3:36 PM In reply to

    • kb999999
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    Re: Fast Food, The Frugal Way

    Hi - we usually pick lunch or early dinner specials - also, only drink water and ask for lemon or lime on the side = make our own flavored-water. As for fast-foods like burger places, you do not have to buy the whole 'value-meal' large-sized = we usually just get the simple burger, split a fry and ask for a water cup (free).
  • Mon, Aug 22 2011 3:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Fast Food, The Frugal Way

    If you sign up for email newsletters restaurants will generally give you coupons and free birthday meal offers. I don't eat out but know this comes in handy. I occasionally do take out and look for coupons to use... Our best fast food deal though is a rotisserie chicken, works everytime I need something quick and easy to fix - not really eating out as this post is related in topic but a roti chicken seems to do the trick for many. I also recommend people get the TO GO option on salad bar buffet places or take time to sit down and enjoy a salad bar buffet there... too bad they don't let you take home to go boxes!

    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~
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