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2017-11-06 10:59:14 AM  
If you're trying to save money, don't go out to eat.  How simple is that, you chiseler?
 
2017-11-06 11:28:08 AM  
My updated Tinder/Match.com Standard dating protocol is:

Chili's "Two for $20" - first date.
Texas Roadhouse "Two for $25" - second date.
"Cook me dinner" at her place - third date.

//never get a third date
 
2017-11-06 11:31:48 AM  
What? Are you trying to impress a person by having someone else cook for you? That's moronic. Meet up for coffee for the initial job interview and get on with it. Go do something together.
 
2017-11-06 01:02:47 PM  
I always try to haggle with the waiter over prices and demand discounts for not wanting the sides.  How about knocking off three bucks and you can keep your broccoli?  Amirite?!
 
2017-11-06 01:03:37 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: If you're trying to save money, don't go out to eat.  How simple is that, you chiseler?


^^that^^

If I will be dining out, something I do rarely, then I will have what I want, when I want it.  That's what makes it a treat, not a chore.  I do only go out for things I can't/won't make at home 95% of the time.
 
2017-11-06 01:10:26 PM  
Instead of ordering two entrees order one entree and an appetizer. Stick to water.
 
2017-11-06 01:10:39 PM  
Learn to eat local and know the specials.
 
2017-11-06 01:11:05 PM  
Split plates.
Most restaurant portions are huge anyways. Go to places where they don't charge a fee for it. Or look at getting a cup of soup and an appetizer or  a house salad.
 
2017-11-06 01:12:56 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: If you're trying to save money, don't go out to eat.  How simple is that, you chiseler?


I had to google "chiseler."

Harsh words, sir.
 
2017-11-06 01:14:05 PM  
Get a job at McDonalds for that sweet employee discount subby
 
2017-11-06 01:18:35 PM  

Fano: Get a job at McDonalds for that sweet employee discount subby


Pfft, if you wanna be a sucker about things.  Just check the dumpster when no one is looking.
 
2017-11-06 01:21:50 PM  
Don't order booze.

Difficulty:  you may have to endure spending time with your family without the luxury of booze.
 
2017-11-06 01:29:44 PM  
Dine and dash?

/leave a tip, tho', skinflint
 
2017-11-06 01:33:50 PM  
Cocktail tray, light scratching, for mozzarella sticks?
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Four, no sauce!
 
2017-11-06 01:36:19 PM  
How to save money dining out: Senior addition

1) the newspaper often has coupons
2) timing, early bird special at 3:30
3) bring a plastic bag in your purse take the extra dinner rolls and sugar packets
4)complain complain complain you might get compt.
 
2017-11-06 01:47:50 PM  

Subtonic: I always try to haggle with the waiter over prices and demand discounts for not wanting the sides.  How about knocking off three bucks and you can keep your broccoli?  Amirite?!


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I sure am hungry!
 
2017-11-06 01:49:59 PM  
Go to a restaurant that allows BYOB.

If it's a place you typically go, many places around the holidays offer promotions on gift cards (Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get another $25 card for free).  I stock up on these if its a place I know I go a lot.

Frequent diner cards.  Many pubs and restaurants offer a rewards program for every dollar spent you earn a point and after so many point you get a gift certificate.

Check the bill carefully.  It's surprising how often I find mistakes made.
 
2017-11-06 01:57:14 PM  

Cheron: How to save money dining out: Senior addition

1) the newspaper often has coupons
2) timing, early bird special at 3:30
3) bring a plastic bag in your purse take the extra dinner rolls and sugar packets
4)complain complain complain you might get compt.


 You just described every farking dinner I went to with my wealthy uncle in Del Ray Beach.
 
2017-11-06 01:57:58 PM  
Stay at home and eat out.

Right, ladies?
 
2017-11-06 02:08:59 PM  
I get a coupon every week for Mimi's Cafe for a BOGO entree with the purchase of two drinks. They have some good food for a chain, and the coupon makes the price right. We usually use it on a night that no one wants to cook for whatever reason.
 
2017-11-06 02:16:14 PM  

Subtonic: Fano: Get a job at McDonalds for that sweet employee discount subby

Pfft, if you wanna be a sucker about things.  Just check the dumpster when no one is looking.


someone didn't even to bother to read the full headline:

"How to save money on dining out. No dumpsters involved"
 
2017-11-06 02:32:35 PM  

DannyBrandt: Marcus Aurelius: If you're trying to save money, don't go out to eat.  How simple is that, you chiseler?

I had to google "chiseler."

Harsh words, sir.


I love the people that carefully check the math and then leave exactly a 15% tip, to the penny.  Even better are the ones who object to my (usual) tip of 30%, because it makes them look bad.
 
2017-11-06 02:33:31 PM  
Find something to keep you busy until late at night.
Go to Dunkin Donuts for their coffee and egg sandwich in the am.
 
2017-11-06 02:50:14 PM  

Danger Mouse: Subtonic: Fano: Get a job at McDonalds for that sweet employee discount subby

Pfft, if you wanna be a sucker about things.  Just check the dumpster when no one is looking.

someone didn't even to bother to read the full headline:

"How to save money on dining out. No dumpsters involved"


I'm aware of that.  The article lacked references to dumpsters, not necessarily thread comments.
 
2017-11-06 02:50:30 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Even better are the ones who object to my (usual) tip of 30%, because it makes them look bad.


YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN US?!!

*warms leftover Campbells soup*
 
2017-11-06 02:51:41 PM  
A great way to reduce your overall bill but still get 90 per cent of the experience is to skip the paid drinks, appetizers, and deserts - your bill will be at least half,"

In other words, be a cheapskate and don't enjoy your meal.
 
2017-11-06 02:55:35 PM  
have a kitchen and use it
 
2017-11-06 02:55:43 PM  

Cheron: How to save money dining out: Senior addition

1) the newspaper often has coupons
2) timing, early bird special at 3:30
3) bring a plastic bag in your purse take the extra dinner rolls and sugar packets
4)complain complain complain you might get compt.


Bolded for emphasis.  I've worked in a few restaurants and the right complaints at the right times always result in free meals.

My favorite was this meal that was 3/4s ate when they "find" plastic "cooked into their chicken"...it was a kind of plastic that nothing in the building used & looked like a tarp strand completely unburnt with no heat warping.  I should mention that chicken was cooked over an open flame so any plastic would have melted to the food or warped with a partially burnt piece stuck to the food.  They took that one piece of plastic and got a table of 4 completely comped except for alcohol (illegal to comp booze here).

It also helps to have hair the same color as any person working in the restaurant.  Take a piece from your hairbrush near the end of the meal and it's now on the house.

Sometimes all you have to do is order strategically.  Order a med-rare 12oz ribeyes, one extra well done 16oz ribeye, a salad with hot meat on it, and salmon, complain about the long wait time, complain about the temperature of the med-rare, salad, and salmon, and the restaurant doesn't profit.  Basically, pick stuff where everything extremely varies in the cooking times (easier to get away with during a rush).

Would you like to know more?
 
2017-11-06 03:04:47 PM  

hashtag.acronym: Cheron: How to save money dining out: Senior addition

1) the newspaper often has coupons
2) timing, early bird special at 3:30
3) bring a plastic bag in your purse take the extra dinner rolls and sugar packets
4)complain complain complain you might get compt.

Bolded for emphasis.  I've worked in a few restaurants and the right complaints at the right times always result in free meals.

My favorite was this meal that was 3/4s ate when they "find" plastic "cooked into their chicken"...it was a kind of plastic that nothing in the building used & looked like a tarp strand completely unburnt with no heat warping.  I should mention that chicken was cooked over an open flame so any plastic would have melted to the food or warped with a partially burnt piece stuck to the food.  They took that one piece of plastic and got a table of 4 completely comped except for alcohol (illegal to comp booze here).

It also helps to have hair the same color as any person working in the restaurant.  Take a piece from your hairbrush near the end of the meal and it's now on the house.

Sometimes all you have to do is order strategically.  Order a med-rare 12oz ribeyes, one extra well done 16oz ribeye, a salad with hot meat on it, and salmon, complain about the long wait time, complain about the temperature of the med-rare, salad, and salmon, and the restaurant doesn't profit.  Basically, pick stuff where everything extremely varies in the cooking times (easier to get away with during a rush).

Would you like to know more?


I now have you farkied as bane of the hospitality and restaurant industry.
 
2017-11-06 03:13:50 PM  
How has this not turned into a tipping war thread yet???
 
2017-11-06 03:28:48 PM  

johnny_vegas: How has this not turned into a tipping war thread yet???


I think we're all warred out right now.

At least I am.  So I'm just going to post odd pictures that tangenitally involve food.

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2017-11-06 04:01:58 PM  
Easy. Stop being a picky eater. It's amazing how little money it takes to feed yourself when you don't expect every meal to be a gourmet experience.
 
2017-11-06 04:15:41 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: If you're trying to save money, don't go out to eat.  How simple is that, you chiseler?


Bears repeating, yet again.

When Mrs_Fab and I dine out, the objective is to have an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Period. A quality meal with quality service costs money.

If you're not into spending that kind of money, I can definitely sympathize and empathize. Been there. But... that's why I LEARNED TO FARKING COOK back in my younger days, when I couldn't afford to eat out regularly.
 
2017-11-06 05:11:13 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Easy. Stop being a picky eater. It's amazing how little money it takes to feed yourself when you don't expect every meal to be a gourmet experience.


Good food and good drink is one of the great pleasures in life.
 
2017-11-06 05:49:28 PM  

Subtonic: Danger Mouse: Subtonic: Fano: Get a job at McDonalds for that sweet employee discount subby

Pfft, if you wanna be a sucker about things.  Just check the dumpster when no one is looking.

someone didn't even to bother to read the full headline:

"How to save money on dining out. No dumpsters involved"

I'm aware of that.  The article lacked references to dumpsters, not necessarily thread comments.


Fancy Dempster Dumpsters, not the economy model my local grease joint uses.
 
2017-11-06 06:01:41 PM  

Subtonic: I now have you farkied as bane of the hospitality and restaurant industry.


In all fairness, I've never done any of those things...only reporting what I've watched patrons of restaurants I've worked at do to get free food.  If the owners are too cheap to install cameras and the customer is always right...well, you get what you get for being cheap and not installing cameras...

There's also being a nasty person, bringing roaches from your own house in a purse, and using them to get free food...saw that one happen in a 5-star restaurant I used to wait tables at.
 
2017-11-06 06:20:59 PM  
Go out to lunch instead of dinner and get one of the specials.
 
2017-11-07 11:47:28 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Don't order booze.

Difficulty:  you may have to endure spending time with your family without the luxury of booze.


Thats what a flask in the boot is for.
 
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