High-quality family activities provide the foundation to build strong, meaningful relationships. It is important that you spend time with the family sharing a meal together. Dinner time is a great opportunity to talk about the day and support each family member in their individual goals. If you don’t have time to cook a healthy meal at home, then it can be fun to load everyone in the car to enjoy a meal at your favorite restaurant.

Do you want to eat out with the family more often, but you are worried about the impact of these expenses on your pocketbook? Just because you are taking the family out to eat, doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot of money! With a little bit of planning, you can maximize your value and enjoy this important meal with your spouse and children.

Here are a few ways that you can protect the piggybank and enjoy dinner out with the family at the same time:

Check for Local Deals

Talk to your favorite restaurants to see if they offer local deals for families. Some restaurants will have days where children eat free on certain days of the week. By purchasing your own meal, then your child can enjoy a complimentary meal as well during this promotional time.

Other local deals might give you a discount off the bill. Sometimes it is a certain amount, such as $5 off a $30 purchase. Or, sometimes these deals are structured with a percentage savings off the entire bill.

Give Experiences, Not Stuff

Do you feel like your home is overrun with toys and unused items? Many families are coming to the understanding that “stuff” doesn’t bring more happiness. Instead of spending money on physical gifts, consider the advantages of gifting experiences to share.

For example, if your birthday is coming up, talk to your spouse and kids to let them know that you don’t want anything that can be wrapped in a box. Instead, ask for a dinner out with the family at your favorite restaurant. You can save money on the gifts and enjoy quality family time.

Sign Up for Email Newsletters

By joining a few email lists, you can access discounts for restaurants in the area. Find out if your favorite restaurants have newsletters. These newsletters often send out promotions, such as a coupon for a free appetizer or a buy-one-get-one-free.

Groupon and other deal sites can be another great option for newsletters. You can buy discounted gift certificates to try new restaurants that are near your home. These deals help you save money and you can sample new foods at the same time!

Here at DUFFY Realty, we know that family time is important. We hope that these tips will help you save money while enjoying a meal out with the people that you love! If you have questions about our real estate services, you are always welcome to contact our team at: (678) 318-1700