Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Smart Shopping: Dine Out For Less
Skyrocketing oil and food prices are giving some restaurants no choice but to increase their prices, but in tonight's Smart Shopping, Seven's Reed Cowan is showing us how you can dine out for less.
WSVN -- There's nothing better than a night off of cooking or celebrating with friends at a fancy restaurant, but these days dining out can get expensive.
Rolando: "Typically, you're looking at a per-person check average of $70 to $80."
But smart diners know there are ways to save over 50 percent. Phyllis Hains of Miami says we have one of the best super supper savers around: Miami Spice month.
Phyllis Hains: "I take advantage of it every year, and I go to at least two to three restaurants each year."
The event runs through the end of September and features some of the best spots in town.
Rolando Aedo: "Each restaurant will be offering an entree, an appetizer and a dessert, $36 for dinner and $23 for lunch."
Maggie Rosas-Guyon has her own money-saving secret, she gets coupons from a website called Restaurant.com
Maggie Rosas-Guyon: "The coupon will be for about $25 off your meal, but you paid $10 for it, so in reality, you've saved about $15."
Another good way to save, make your reservation on-line. Sites like Opentable.com or dinnerbroker.com will give you special savings and rewards.
Reed Cowan: "Also, save more by paying with plastic. Some credit cards will offer bonus rewards, and if eating out with the youngsters, take advantage of kids-eat-free nights.
Lizzete Balladares: "Being a single mother of four children, I think you could understand. It's a big big benefit. It's a big help."
Restaurants like Denny's are helping families save money.
Isabel Matuz: "It started in 1999, and we already waited on 20 million kids. We have 44 stores, and we do the program Wednesdays and Sundays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m."
And the kids love it at any price.
Jordan: "My favorite is probably be one of the sandwiches."
Jadlin: "I'm going to have to say the season fries with the mac 'n' cheese."
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