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WSVN -- Erik is a food writer. Erik Mathes: "We're just going to stick with water."So he knows a thing or two about saving money while eating out. He says the first rule: Go for daily specials.Erik Mathes: "You'll typically save up to 50 percent and sometimes even more than 50 percent. And the restaurants that are running the deals are anywhere from fast casual to higher end places."Check out happy hour, it's not just for drinks anymore. Erik Mathes: "If you came during regular hours and ordered the Viva Las Vegas Roll it would be $13.25. Whereas if you come between three and seven during happy hour you save $6 on it."That's almost half off just one dish. You can also save by sharing a main course or a variety of appetizers, and cutting out alcohol or soft drinks can save big bucks.Adeline Ramos: "Savingm, sharing and drinking water those are smart decisions to make, and you're able to continue to eat out which is a fun thing to do."If you do order wine and you're going to drink more than two glasses, always order by the bottle.Erik Mathes: You'll probably get an additional one to two glasses for every bottle that you buy."Another good idea: Go online to find deals through sites like groupon, living social and Falsetto: "Everybody's looking for value."Marc Falsetto owns Rock Burger in Fort Lauderdale and South Miami. He says smart consumers also track their favorite places on social media sites.Marc Falsetto: Follow your restaurants. Keep and eye on their promotions and websites and their marketing. You can definitely find a deal almost every day of the week."It's all about cutting your bill without cutting your fun.Adeline Ramos: "It's important to be able to have those little moments where you splurge a little at least calorie wise and not have to splurge on your budget."You can also get five to 15 percent back by completing surveys after you have a meal.  For more information on that and on other ways to save when you eat out, just go to our website.And if you have story ideas for Money Monday, email us at FOR MORE INFORMATION:Erik Mathes, Food Writer and Kitchen Coach Ways to Radically Reduce Your Resaturant Bill

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