restaurant http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/228/all en-US 6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza_break.jpg" alt="Pizza break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After a wonderful dinner with old friends, the check arrives and someone suggests splitting the bill equally. It's a simple solution, but not always a fair one. The price of a dinner salad with iced tea just doesn't compare to the cost of a cedar plank salmon with white wine. So how do you enjoy dinner out without jeopardizing the relationships you hold dear? Here are six ways to split the bill without losing friends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paying-for-a-piece-of-the-pizza-techniques-for-splitting-the-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Paying for a Piece of the Pizza: Techniques for Splitting the Bill</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take control</h2> <p>In social situations, the person who speaks first speaks loudest. Rather than risk a conflict, people tend to agree with whatever payment strategy is initially proposed. With this truth in mind, anticipate those moments when the conversation will naturally turn to payment matters (usually when a group is ready to order or when the check arrives) and be prepared with your suggestion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-painless-ways-to-split-the-check?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Painless Ways to Split the Check</a>)</p> <h2>2. Request separate checks</h2> <p>Though technically not <em>splitting</em> the bill, it's the cleanest method by far. Avoid sticky situations by simply requesting separate checks up front. Though it may be more work for your server, it's the most equitable approach. If necessary, justify your strategy with a little white lie like, &quot;I might have to leave a few minutes early.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Split it evenly &hellip; sometimes</h2> <p>On occasions when everyone has had a similar amount of items (drinks, appetizers, and dessert) or similarly priced items, splitting the bill evenly is the simplest way to go. To be sensitive to all diners, only suggest this option &mdash; don't declare it. Though you may not mind pitching in an extra two or three bucks to make this method work, it could be a big deal to someone else.</p> <h2>4. Use a bill splitting app</h2> <p>Yes, there's an app for that! Explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-modern-ways-to-split-the-bill?ref=internal" target="_blank">modern ways to split the bill</a> with apps like <a href="https://www.tabapp.co/" target="_blank">Tab</a>, and <a href="http://billr.me/" target="_blank">Billr</a>. These tools help calculate how much each person owes &mdash; including the divided cost of shared items, tax, and tip. Whether the gathering is large or small, it's the perfect way to divvy things up fairly and avoid those awkward moments.</p> <h2>5. Rotate payment</h2> <p>Again, while this approach isn't technically <em>splitting</em> the bill, it's designed to divide the burden of payment evenly. With close friends who get together often, consider taking turns paying the entire bill. It's a simple solution that makes the process clean and easy. Just remember, in order for this system to work, the restaurants you choose must be in the same general price range (no five-star establishment one week and a hot dog stand the next).</p> <h2>6. Keep things light</h2> <p>No matter what method you choose, use humor to diffuse tense bill-splitting moments. If you meet resistance when suggesting everyone pay for their own items, say something like, &quot;Hey guys, I'm on a budget. I'm not paying for Mark's filet mignon with black truffle butter and baby root vegetables.&quot; Though Mark may have only ordered a burger and a beer, your point is expertly made and folks will get a good chuckle.</p> <p>Wherever money is concerned, there's bound to be some awkwardness &mdash; even between friends. It's a side effect of a culture that's built on consumption, wealth, and keeping up with the Joneses. The truth is, most people are terrified of being perceived as cheap; we'll even risk logic and fairness to avoid it. The trick to splitting the check equitably is communicating your expectations clearly and not letting your voice be drowned out by the crowd. So the next time you're having drinks or dinner with friends, speak up when the bill arrives. Split the check, not your friendships.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520to%2520Split%2520the%2520Bill%2520Without%2520Losing%2520Friends.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Split%20the%20Bill%20Without%20Losing%20Friends"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Split%20the%20Bill%20Without%20Losing%20Friends.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more">9 Ways Restaurant Menus Are Designed to Make You Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bridging-the-gap-from-dining-out-to-eating-in">Bridging The Gap From Dining Out To Eating In</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crappy-service-great-food-what-to-do">Crappy service, great food...what to do?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink bill etiquette dining out losing friends restaurant Spending Money split the bill venmo Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2020341 at http://www.wisebread.com Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tip_jar_in_coffee_shop_or_restaurant.jpg" alt="Tip jar in coffee shop or restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In some countries, tipping is not required or expected (in most situations) &mdash; China, Korea, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, and Brazil are just a few examples. And if you tip in Japan, you may actually be insulting the person you give money to. (It's like saying &quot;Here, use this to get some training, the service wasn't very good.&quot;) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants</a>)</p> <p>However, the U.S. is a tipping nation, and you are expected to leave some kind of a tip in dozens of service scenarios. So, here's a handy guide to follow.</p> <h2>1. Hotels</h2> <p>You'll be expected to provide tips to several different employees in your hotel. The bellhops should get at least $1 per bag, as should anyone else who takes your luggage. The housekeeper should not be left a handful of loose change, but instead, figure on around $3 to $5 per night, depending on the location. You can choose to leave the tip daily, or at the end of your stay. If you rent a car on your trip, it's customary to tip a few bucks to anyone who helps put the bags in your car. You don't have to give doormen money every single time they open the door, but if they hail a cab, or help you in some other way, it's appropriate to provide a buck or two.</p> <p>&quot;I don't expect a dollar every time I open a door,&quot; says Steve S., a doorman at a large Denver hotel. &quot;But if I go out of my way to get you a cab in the pouring rain, then carry your luggage to the trunk, I think a few bucks is worth the effort.&quot;</p> <p>You can tip the room service attendant $1 to $2 when they bring you your food, but they don't expect it every time. The concierge, however, should also receive a generous tip &mdash; anywhere from $3 to $10 &mdash; if they go above and beyond. For instance, if they arrange show tickets, reserve tables at restaurants, or make special arrangements for your room.</p> <p>&quot;One time, I was asked to sprinkle rose petals all over the king suite, and have a bottle of Champagne on ice with two flutes on a silver tray,&quot; says Abigail L., who works in downtown Chicago. &quot;It was a Valentine's Day marriage proposal. I got a $50 tip, I was blown away! And&hellip; she said yes.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Restaurants</h2> <p>Sometimes a waiter will strike gold and get a $100 tip on a $20 check. But all too often servers will get barely 5 percent of the total bill as a tip. On occasion, the tip is a big fat zero, made as a statement against the tipping policy in general. That's just wrong.</p> <p>Waiters usually make way below minimum wage, with the average hourly wage coming in at just over $5. That means some people are earning just over $2 per hour before your tip. So please, tip your server at least 15 to 20 percent of the bill. And to avoid some ruthless restaurant owners pocketing the tip from a credit card slip, tip the waiter in cash.</p> <p>Oh, and when it comes to buffets, or restaurants that have minimal waiter assistance, leave at least 10 percent as a tip, as they still have to clean up after you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-be-the-perfect-customer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Be the Perfect Customer</a>)</p> <h2>3. Bars, pubs, and clubs</h2> <p>Let's start with your bartender. It's customary to tip $1 per round, and this can be done with every round, or totaled up and added onto the bill at the end. Or you can calculate the tip as a percentage of the check. Twenty percent is the going rate, but if your bartender rocked it, give him or her more. If they were rude, give less. However, if you want to be the recipient of the &quot;healthy pour,&quot; tip generously early on in cash.</p> <p>&quot;If I get a $10 or $20 at the start of the evening for one drink, I treat that customer well for the rest of the night,&quot; says Nick C., a bartender in Santa Monica. &quot;I'll make sure that guy or girl gets service as soon as they approach the bar, and yeah, they'll get the heavy pour now and then.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Taxis (including Uber and Lyft) and valet parking</h2> <p>As a general rule, you should be putting down a minimum of 10 percent of the total fare as a tip, after the gratuity that has already been included automatically. If the driver goes out of his or her way to get you there faster &mdash; legally, of course &mdash; then tip more. When it comes to Uber and Lyft, find a way to tip. Lyft offers the option to tip as part of the transaction on your app.</p> <p>If you're paying by card and there is no line for a tip, do it in cash. If you have no cash, you can actually use PayPal to send money, and it's free if you do it from a bank account. For valet parking service, $2 to $5 is customary once your car is returned.</p> <h2>5. Take out or food delivery</h2> <p>If you ever pick up food from a restaurant, you'll see a space for a tip on your receipt. Most people draw a line through it, because they don't believe anyone did any work for them. Well, that's not true. The people manning the front of house, taking orders, washing dishes, cooking, they all get pretty mediocre wages. So put a 10 percent tip on there. When it comes to food delivery, do the same, but tip your driver a few extra dollars in cash. If it's pizza delivery, $2 to $3 minimum is the rule of thumb, adding an additional $1 for every pizza over three.</p> <p>However, if the pizza is late, find out why. It may be nothing to do with the driver, and he or she should not be penalized for it.</p> <h2>6. Beauty services</h2> <p>Whether it's a hairstylist, spa treatment, manicure, pedicure, or anything else in that industry, the expected tip is between 15 to 20 percent. However, it seems to fluctuate greatly depending on the service received, the interaction between the customer and the service provider, and the end result.</p> <p>&quot;I've had people tip me $50 for a $25 shampoo and style,&quot; says Sheena B., a stylist at Great Clips. &quot;But I have a friend who works in a high-end salon, and often gets $10 tips on a $100 style. You just never know!&quot;</p> <h2>7. Moving, landscaping, contractors, cleaners, and manual labor</h2> <p>When it comes to moving, judge the situation by the complexity and load. The average is $10 per mover for half a day, and $20 for a whole day. But if you have a ton of heavy, awkward furniture, and the movers have to remove doors and windows to get things in and out, then go beyond the usual rate. And make sure you hand out tips to each mover, not just the foreman. As moving.com points out, it's a <a href="http://www.moving.com/tips/tipping-movers/" target="_blank">bad idea to give the movers beer</a> for their hard day's work. It raises way too many liability issues.</p> <p>For landscaping, cleaning, contracting, plumbing, electrical work, painting, and other services in this bucket, it all depends on the cost of the service, the amount of work put into it, and how the job was completed. Many plumbers and electricians don't expect any kind of tip, as their hourly rate is quite high. But for people working in your garden, or fixing doors and light bulbs, you can tip a percentage &mdash; usually between 10 to 15 percent of the total cost of service.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Much%2520to%2520Tip%2520in%2520Almost%2520Every%2520Situation.jpg&amp;description=Bookmark%20This%3A%20How%20Much%20to%20Tip%20in%20Almost%20Every%20Situation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Much%20to%20Tip%20in%20Almost%20Every%20Situation.jpg" alt="Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some fantastic articles on dining hacks from restaurant insiders, reconsidering the college investment, and tools to help you find the cheapest textbooks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Restaurants-35413835">12 Drinking and Dining Hacks From Restaurant Insiders</a> &mdash; When drinking or dining out, save money by skipping the pricey liquor and only ordering an appetizer. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/08/06/ivory-tower-reconsidering-college-investment/">The &quot;Ivory Tower&quot;: Reconsidering the College Investment</a> &mdash; Did you know nationally, student loan debt has reached the trillion-dollar mark? [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/education/websites-to-buy-and-sell-your-college-textbooks/">5 Tools to Help You Find the Cheapest Textbooks</a> &mdash; Barnes &amp; Noble and Half.com can help you find textbooks on the cheap. [The Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/08/04/are-you-getting-ahead-or-falling-behind/">Are You Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?</a> &mdash; If you are managing your career successfully, you are probably getting ahead. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://reddebtedstepchild.com/stuff-cost/">How Much Does Your Stuff Cost?</a> &mdash; Have you ever considered how much your stuff costs you when it comes to the time you spent buying it? [Red Debted Stepchild]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://fitnpoor.com/2014/07/30/emotional-shopper/">Are You an Emotional Shopper?</a> &mdash; If you purchase items in hopes they will improve your state of mind, you are probably an emotional shopper. [Fit is the New Poor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.amandaabella.com/2014/08/04/opportunities-for-abundance/">How to Be Open to Opportunities for Abundance</a> &mdash; Being a good steward of your money can keep you open to opportunities for abundance. [Amanda Abella]</p> <p><a href="http://financialducksinarow.com/9329/3-do-over-options-for-social-security-benefits/">3 Do Over Options for Social Security Benefits</a> &mdash; Did you take your social security benefits early? Give yourself a do-over by working it off. [Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row]</p> <p><a href="http://thebudgetnistablog.com/2014/dont-splurge-to-impress-him/">Four Items That You Don't Need to Splurge on to Impress Him</a> &mdash; Ladies, don't feel the need to splurge on makeup to impress a guy. [The Budgetnista]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-things-to-do-with-your-kids-this-weekend">10 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend</a> &mdash; This weekend, consider going on a treasure hunt or to a concert with your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dining-hacks-from-restaurant-insiders">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The joy of home-enhanced booze.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining drinking hacks restaurant Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1179251 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5077147441_d5fd8ac5c4_z-1.jpg" alt="Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out" title="Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on stretching your dinner dollars further on your night out, ways to network and get educated, and how to work a student discount.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://thejennypincher.com/how-to-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out/">How to Stretch Your Dinner Dollars Further on Your Night Out</a> &mdash; Make your money go further on your night out by using restaurant coupons. [The Jenny Pincher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/10/fun-and-easy-ways-to-network-and-get-educated.html">Fun and Easy Ways to Network and Get Educated</a> &mdash; Volunteering for non-profit organizations is a fun and easy way to network. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/10/24/learning-how-to-work-a-student-discount/">Learning how to work a student discount</a> &mdash; If you are a college student, take advantage of house sharing and budget travel opportunities. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/housing/cheap-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-winter/">Cheap Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter</a> &mdash; To prepare your home for winter, add insulation. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2012/10/companies-hiring-seasonal-christmas-2012-jobs/">Companies Hiring For 2012 Christmas Season Jobs</a> &mdash; Are you looking for some extra work this holiday season? Target and Kohl's are hiring! [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Avoid-Hidden-Fees-25556405">Simple Solutions For Avoiding Four Common Fees</a> &mdash; To avoid paying ATM fees when you can't find an ATM for your bank, buy a pack of gum from a convenience store and ask for cash back. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/10/24/frugal-vs-cheap/">Frugal vs. Cheap</a> &mdash; Frugal does not mean you own mostly junk. You can still own nice things and be frugal. [Mr. Money Mustache]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/how-to-pay-yourself-first/">How to Pay Yourself First</a> &mdash; Pay yourself first by making saving for retirement a priority. [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/life-insurance-for-stay-at-home-spouse/">Do You Have Life Insurance for a Stay at Home Parent?</a> &mdash; The value of what a stay at home parent does is worth having life insurance for them. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/when-and-how-to-get-help-for-your-struggling-student">When (and How) to Get Help for Your Struggling Student</a> &mdash; If your student is spending longer than indicated on assignments, it may be time to get him or her help. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stretch-your-dinner-dollars-further-on-your-night-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-dinner-time-is-hard-says-science-wise-bread-makes-it-easy">Wise Bread Reloaded: Dinner Time Is Hard, Says Science — Wise Bread Makes It Easy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hunt-fish-money-food">Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dinner night out restaurant Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:00:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955385 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save at a Restaurant http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-at-a-restaurant <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-at-a-restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3233950054_f3d52dbec7_z-1.jpg" alt="Ways to Save at a Restaurant" title="Ways to Save at a Restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save at a restaurant, going green and saving big, and refusing a promotion.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/8-ways-save-restaurant/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+financialhighway%2Fray+%28Financial+Highway%29">8 Ways to Save at a Restaurant</a> &mdash; Next time you eat at a restaurant, have drinks or dessert at home to save money. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/going-green-saving-big-9-frugal-family-tips-for-summer-savings">Going Green, Saving Big: 9 Frugal Tips for Summer Savings</a> &mdash; Go green and save money this summer by using reusable swim diapers and using your ceiling fans. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/refuse-promotion/">Refusing a Promotion: Savvy Move or Career Suicide?</a> &mdash; If you are going to turn down a promotion, do so in a way that turns your rejection into a positive thing. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/Blog/5-financial-lessons-every-college-graduate-learns-after-college/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWisdomJournal+%28The+Wisdom+Journal%29">5 Financial Lessons Every College Graduate Learns After College</a> &mdash; After college, every graduate learns to buy strategically and to pay themselves first. [The Wisdom Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/10-fun-summer-jobs-for-teens-and-college-students/">15 Fun Summer Jobs for Teens and College Students</a> &mdash; If your teen or college student is looking for a job, suggest being a law firm runner or lifeguard to them. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartonmoney.com/how-to-enjoy-a-cheaper-road-trip/">How To Enjoy A Cheaper Road Trip</a> &mdash; Enjoy a road trip without breaking the bank by looking ahead for discounts and promotions. [Smart On Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Save-Dry-Cleaning-18456597">5 Tips To Save On Dry Cleaning</a> &mdash; To save money on dry cleaning, hand wash your clothes carefully. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/students/gen-y/what-you-need-know-about-student-financial-aid">What You Need To Know About Student Financial Aid</a> &mdash; When applying for student financial aid, remember that FAFSA isn't the only form of financial aid. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/06/the-52-best-money-saving-tips-ideas-35-through-31.html">The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #35 Through #31</a> &mdash; To save money, move to a new town and consider cooking from scratch in order to avoid convenience foods. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://firefinance.blogspot.com/2008/04/top-7-energy-saving-tips-for-this.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FireFinance-FinancialIndependenceRetireEarly+%28FIRE+Finance+-+Financial+Independence+Retire+Early%29">Top 7 Energy Saving Tips for this Summer</a> &mdash; Want to save money on energy this summer? Make sure you plug air leaks and change your filters. [FIRE Finance]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/06/get-rich-slowlys-moolah-tweetchat-0">Get Rich Slowly's #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Get Rich Slowly's #moolah tweetchat at 4pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-at-a-restaurant">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling">The case for caloric labeling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/restaurant-menus-translating-cost-and-taste">Restaurant Menus: Translating Cost and Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending">6 Savvy Strategies to Ward Away College Hunger and Avoid Overspending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining Food restaurant Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:00:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 936383 at http://www.wisebread.com A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating Out http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2212814692_682e6a878a.jpg" alt="Happy Food" title="Happy Food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a young lad, eating out was something of a luxury for my family. Most of our meals, at least 95%, were prepared and eaten at home. This was the model for most people my age or older. But these days, society has migrated to eating out of the home way more often. The result is that we&rsquo;re spending a lot more on food than we used to. So, are there ways to chop the bill and eat out for less? You bet.</p> <h3>1. Share your soft drink</h3> <p>Most of the time, my wife and I find that one drink is adequate for both of us. But in this day and age of countless free refills, we will never run short of our soft drink anyway. It&rsquo;s not much, but a couple of bucks saved every time you order a drink at a restaurant or fast food place really adds up. And that goes for the kids&rsquo; drinks, too. My kids are quite happy to share a juice box or fountain drink. Oh, and before anyone cries for the poor fast food joints or restaurant chains, it&rsquo;s worth noting that the average fountain drink costs the restaurant around 20 cents and they charge you around 10 times that for the beverage. So, I&rsquo;m not losing any sleep over it; they&rsquo;re still making an insane profit from any drinks we order.</p> <h3>2. Don&rsquo;t be shy &mdash; use coupons</h3> <p>I see people hand over coupons at the grocery store all the time, but in fast food places it happens less; and in restaurants, it&rsquo;s even more rare. There seems to be a taboo about coupons in restaurants, maybe because people feel like they&rsquo;re picking the pockets of the waiter who is looking them right in the face. As several commenters have pointed out, your waiter will gladly accept coupons as long as you remember to tip the waiter based on the price of the bill BEFORE the coupon was deducted. That way, you get the saving, the waiter gets the same tips, and only the restaurant chain itself is out of pocket. But as the coupon enticed you in, the loss of revenue is worth it for the extra custom. Therefore, bring on the coupons, hand them over proudly and enjoy your free grub.</p> <h3>3. Be wary of the advice from your waiter</h3> <p>When we go into a restaurant we&rsquo;re unfamiliar with, we will often ask our waiter &ldquo;so what do you like?&rdquo; or &ldquo;what do you recommend?&rdquo; Unsurprisingly, our helpful waiter usually picks from the more expensive end of the menu. Rarely do we hear &ldquo;go for the burger&rdquo; if there&rsquo;s a filet mignon for four times the price. The more expensive items mean a larger bill, which equates to a larger tip. It may well be a great meal, but it may also stretch your budget; so, load the question with something more useful, like &ldquo;what do you recommend in the $8-$10 range?&rdquo;</p> <h3>4. Order apps as main courses</h3> <p>Appetizers are supposed to whet your appetite for the main meal. Have you seen appetizers these day though? They&rsquo;re just as big as the main meal! I ordered potato skins a few months ago and could hardly finish half of my main course. So, although they&rsquo;re cheaper and labeled as appetizers, there&rsquo;s no reason not to order them as a main course.</p> <h3>5. Split a meal</h3> <p>Many restaurants these days go way overboard on portions. A restaurant I go to occasionally called Claim Jumper serves half and full portions. They recommend the half portions unless you&rsquo;re insanely hungry. So, as the full portion is only a few bucks more, it&rsquo;s well worth asking for that and an extra plate. You can also split the rest of the food, including salads and dessert, and will no doubt be surprised at how satisfied you are with the amount of food you got to eat. Half portions these days are like whole portions from the fifties.</p> <h3>6. Take advantage of your birthday</h3> <p>Hey, it only comes around once a year (unless you&rsquo;re the Queen of England) so make full use of the special offers handed out by restaurants and fast food joints. A few near me give you a free entrée on your birthday. Others do a BOGO, and some offer free drinks or desserts. And remember, that infamous fake birthday song that most places sing to the guest of honor, well, that comes with a free cake or free ice-cream. Sure, you have to endure 30 seconds of embarrassment, but for free dessert? Go for it.</p> <h3>7. Get the salad bar three-course meal</h3> <p>These days, salad bars are becoming the norm in many restaurants. They&rsquo;re easy to stock, they&rsquo;re self-serve and most people don&rsquo;t take full advantage of them. But you really can just order the salad bar and do very well for yourself. Start with salad and bread, move on to the pasta dishes and finish with fruit, cheeses, pudding or anything else that&rsquo;s on offer. At about $8-$9, it&rsquo;s not a lot to pay for a healthy three-course meal.</p> <h3>8. And then there&rsquo;s the buffet&hellip;</h3> <p>Whether you love Indian food, Mexican, Chinese or traditional meat &lsquo;n&rsquo; potatoes grub, buffets are a great way to feed your whole family for around $20-$30. Now, buffets get a lot of criticism because the food is not always the best quality and the atmosphere is hardly conducive to a wonderful evening out. But this is budget dining, and if you choose good foods (vegetables, fresh fruit, salads, pastas, the grill and so on) you can have a great meal for peanuts. Usually, kids get in for free or a few bucks per head. Our local Country Buffet has been packed out every time we visited recently. In tough times, the buffets get the customers.</p> <h3>9. Doggie bags rule</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re not into the idea of splitting a meal with someone else (or you&rsquo;re eating alone) then split the meal with yourself. As I&rsquo;ve mentioned earlier, portion sizes are huge these days, so eat half of your meal and ask for a box for the rest. This splits the cost of your meal in two, and dinner has already been made for you for the following day.</p> <h3>10. Look for half-off gift certificates</h3> <p>My favorite site by far for this is <a href="http://www.halfoffdeals.com/">halfoffdeals.com</a>. You can buy gift certificates to over 41,000 restaurants for around 50% of their face value. You can search by zip code or city, and there&rsquo;s even an email alert system to tell you when new deals go live. Most certificates do come with restrictions, which is why you get such a great deal. A common one is that you don&rsquo;t get any cash back from your certificate, if there&rsquo;s any left. But if you pay $15 for a $25, do you care about the extra $5 anyway? And remember, you can always order something to take home.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends">6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more">9 Ways Restaurant Menus Are Designed to Make You Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-secrets-restaurants-dont-want-you-to-know">6 Secrets Restaurants Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bridging-the-gap-from-dining-out-to-eating-in">Bridging The Gap From Dining Out To Eating In</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crappy-service-great-food-what-to-do">Crappy service, great food...what to do?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dining out eating out restaurant Wed, 26 Aug 2009 16:00:01 +0000 Paul Michael 3543 at http://www.wisebread.com Restaurant Menus: Translating Cost and Taste http://www.wisebread.com/restaurant-menus-translating-cost-and-taste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/restaurant-menus-translating-cost-and-taste" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2257244069_632683fc12.jpg" alt="Restaurant Menu" title="Restaurant Menu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A well-designed menu is considered an easy way to separate diners from their dollars at a restaurant. Even mom-and-pop restaurants put a lot of time and effort into how they put together their menus in the hopes of not only directing you towards dishes with high profit margins but into tempting you to come back soon and try something else that sounds tasty. A good menu is advertising: a way to get consumers to spend more money. If you know some of the most important menu design tricks going in, you may still wind up ordering your favorite dinner &mdash; if the food's worth the price, why not? &mdash; but it can also help you decide to try a meal that's easy on the wallet.</p> <h2>The Gaze Pattern</h2> <p>Most diners look at a menu in exactly the same way. Depending on just how big a menu your waiter puts in front of you, you'll find that you look at it differently. On a one page menu, you'll generally scan the page quickly until you reach just below halfway down where you'll actually read all through the items placed there. The hot spot that a diner actually winds up spending the most time on differs between menus of different lengths varies: extensive research has gone into finding that spot for different sizes.</p> <p>Most restaurants make a point of putting exactly two types of meals in their menu's hot spot: high profit margin dishes and signature meals. Dishes that restaurants always make money on aren't the highest priced meals on the menu, by the way &mdash; they're often simple (and fairly inexpensive) dishes like pasta with marinara sauce. Your favorite restaurant may do a very cheap pasta dish, but they're probably still making plenty of money on it.</p> <p>Signature dishes also wind up in the hot spot for a very simple reason. Restaurants are pretty confident that you'll enjoy their signature dishes &mdash; and that you'll want to eat them again in the future. By placing their best dishes &mdash; regardless of profit margin &mdash; somewhere diners are sure to see them, restaurants are betting that they can keep you coming back for those particular flavors.</p> <h2>The Hierarchy</h2> <p>Most menus are constructed in similar sections. You'll see the appetizers at the beginning, along with lighter fare, while sides and drinks are towards the end, accompanied by desserts. But within that very set hierarchy, menu designers have a lot of wiggle room. For instance, within the salad section, you'll see the same emphasis on high profit and signature dishes at the beginning and end of the sections. Diners, as you might guess, spend more time looking at the first and last items in a section, often forgetting entirely what's in between.</p> <h2>Descriptive Writing</h2> <p>Extensive descriptions aren't included on your menu to warn folks with allergies. It's to get your mouth watering. Many restaurants go out of their way to specify ingredients, preferring something like &quot;applewood smoked bacon&quot; over plain and simple &quot;bacon.&quot; That added description has been shown to help sell dishes, especially when it's something that you're encountering for the first time. The feeling of adventurousness can be all that it takes to close a sale.</p> <h2>Choosing Your Meal</h2> <p>Hopefully, your budget allows you to choose a meal based on what sounds good, rather than the cost. Either way, though, you can use a menu's design to your advantage. Those high profit dishes that many restaurants like to push are often good options for your budget: the restaurant may make a ton of money on a bowl of pasta, but it's still one of the cheaper dishes on most menus. Choosing a signature dish is often an equally good decision, because it's a dish that the restaurant has worked hard to perfect.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/restaurant-menus-translating-cost-and-taste">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling">The case for caloric labeling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-the-heat-with-cool-summer-meals">Beat the heat with cool summer meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hunt-fish-money-food">Is hunting/fishing a good way to feed your family?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Food menu restaurant Mon, 13 Apr 2009 16:08:27 +0000 Thursday Bram 3042 at http://www.wisebread.com “Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude. http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/getimage.jpeg" alt="Todd Wilbur" title="Todd Wilbur" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="233" height="350" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Todd Wilbur is a name you may well have heard before. For lack of a better word, he’s a copycat…and a cool one at that. From homemade Twinkies to homecooked Big Macs, Todd can recreate just about anything from your favorite American restaurant chain. Now you can learn how to make some of those famous meals and snacks and save a bundle.</p> <p>Todd Wilbur works in his secret laboratory week after week, ordering food from the big restaurant chains and dissecting each one with painstaking accuracy. For Todd, it’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable than his previous job as a TV reporter, which he quit in 1991 to go full time with his recipe cloning. </p> <p>For Todd, the career grew out of a moment of disappointment. In the late 80’s, he received a “secret recipe” for Mrs. Fields’ Cookies…and after trying it out, he realized that it was a poor comparison to the original. Surely he could do better. This, from <a href="http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp">Todd’s website</a> :</p> <blockquote><p><em>In Orange County, California in the late 80&#39;s Todd received a copy of the notorious Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe Chain Letter that had been making rounds across the nation. Trying the recipe led to disappointment. This was certainly no &quot;secret formula.&quot; The results tasted nothing like a delicious Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookie! </em></p> <p>&quot;Fake! Phony!&quot; he cried. And then he wondered, &quot;Just who are the goofballs passing this off as an authentic secret formula and how is it that such a bad knockoff recipe becomes so crazy popular?&quot;</p> <p>Todd had an idea. Since he had way too much free time on his hands, he got to work on a recipe for a cookie that had the flavor, texture and appearance of a real Mrs. Fields cookie. How hard could it be? Batch after batch the clones came closer to the real thing, until one day, it happened. The cookies came out chewy and delicious, with crispy edges and that strong vanilla aroma. Bingo! The first Top Secret Recipe was born.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now, Todd Wilbur has a successful business and has published several books. He also has a <a href="http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp">constantly updated website</a> full of his latest, greatest recreations. Now, enough of the history lesson…lets go to the man at work with 5 great recipe clones. And we start with one of America’s favorite sweet treats…the Twinkie.</p> <p><strong>Cloned <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjgHvoY8PjU">Twinkie</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IjgHvoY8PjU&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copy Cat <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqVCk2oDpSE">Big Mac</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uqVCk2oDpSE&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Macaroni Grill <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWBY0VyGLew">Penne Rustica</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jWBY0VyGLew&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Chili’s Molten <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4jSM8D5o4&amp;feature=related">Chocolate Cake</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hz4jSM8D5o4&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Planet Hollywood <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KlC5bGXfWE">Chicken Crunch</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9KlC5bGXfWE&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p> If you&#39;d like to become a serious recipe cloner, Todd has two great books available. Both are available from trusted seller Amazon and for the price of around $10 you can learn how to make hundreds of famous recipes in your very own kitchen. Now, eating out could still be something you do at home...but you will have to do your own dishes I&#39;m afraid.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/p-500-arrow_TopRight_45_-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg" alt="TSR" title="TSR" width="240" height="240" /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452275873?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0452275873">Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America&#39;s Favorite Restaurant Chains</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0452275873" width="1" height="1" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/p-500-arrow_TopRight_45_-64_OU01_AA240_SH20__0.jpg" alt="TSR2" title="TSR2" width="240" height="240" /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452288002?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0452288002">Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2: More Amazing Clones of Famous Dishes from America&#39;s Favorite Restaurant Chains</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0452288002" width="1" height="1" /> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks DIY Food and Drink General Tips Big Mac clones copy Macaroni Grill recipes restaurant Twinkie Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:49:33 +0000 Paul Michael 2163 at http://www.wisebread.com The case for caloric labeling http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-case-for-caloric-labeling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/burger.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have to give Subway props. If nothing else, they are more or less honest about their food. There&#39;s not a lot of mystery involved with eating a Subway sandwich, salad, or wrap. You get to choose what goes on it, you get to see it being made, you get to annoy the sandwich artist with your demands (&quot;No green peppers! Extra jalapenos!&quot;). And you get a pretty good idea of how many calories you have consumed, because Subway provides visible labels for its food, with calorie and nutritional information. Now, Subway prides itself on its &quot;Subway diet&quot;, but the best thing about Subway is that they tell it like it is, more or less. </p> <p>This can&#39;t be said of other restaurant chains. Fast food restaurants, for instance, were notoriously secretive about their food&#39;s calorie levels until very recently, and even now, you have to pry the nutritional information out of the restaurant (of course, you can look for it <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">online</a>, but that involves more planning than most people are willing to do). </p> <p>New York City has been <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">leading the fight</a> to legislate caloric labeling at chain restaurants, hoping that an open display of just how many calories are in that burger will cause some diners to make healthier dining choices. Chain restaurants are the only ones being targeted by this law, partly because their food can be incredibly unhealthy, and partly because, as megacorporations, they can afford to change their signage to accomodate the law.</p> <p>Businesses that are affected by the law have balked of course. Although they cite the cost of creating signs and menus that list caloric info, we&#39;re talking about businesses that spend billions of dollars on advertising every year, and who make billions of dollars in profits. </p> <p>Some argue that calorie labeling won&#39;t make any difference in diner&#39;s choices.</p> <p>“Do you think people will stop eating McDonald’s French fries and Big Macs?” asked Rick Sampson of the New York State Restaurant Association, which is suing New York City over its law. “It doesn’t keep me from eating a candy bar even though the calories are listed on it right in front of me.”</p> <p>This is a disingenuous argument. For one thing, no one is suggesting that people should stop eating at McDonald&#39;s. But knowing how many calories you are consuming CAN help you realize that, since you&#39;re eating a Big Mac, you don&#39;t need the fries. The comparison to a labeled candy bar is also useless; most candy bars contain a couple hundred calories, maybe as many as 400 - a chicken Caesar&#39;s salad at Chili&#39;s has over 1,000 calories.</p> <p>That&#39;s right. A chicken salad. Over 1,000 calories. That&#39;s over half a day&#39;s caloric intake for an active person who is not trying to lose weight. Think about that. How many women order salads at lunch as a part of being &quot;healthy&quot;? Can you imagine how much longer it would take to lose weight if you were consistently eating 400 more calories than you should? </p> <p>The truth is, chain restaurants don&#39;t want you to know that your salad has 1,000 in it. If you knew that, you wouldn&#39;t order dessert or a soda with your meal. You might actually eat less when you go out, or you might start eating out less frequently. The truth is, the labeling WOULD be bad for business. It&#39;s not that your local McDonald&#39;s would be shuttered overnight, but you&#39;d think twice about returning as often if you had to scour the menu for a meal with under 800 calories in it. </p> <p>This fun this video from the <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/">Center for Science in the Public Interest</a> (via <a href="http://consumerist.com/consumer/chain-restaurants/how-many-quarter-pounders-from-mcdonalds-could-you-eat-instead-of-that-pasta-317325.php">Consumerist</a>) does a nifty job showing how the food at popular &quot;Italian&quot; chain restaurants stacks up against junk food, calorically.</p> <p>I understand that Americans really hate being told what to do, and businesses especially balk at additional rules and regulations. Some might argue that Americans need to take charge of their own lives and their own health, and not wait around for the government to come to their rescue. But how can Americans take charge of their health if they can&#39;t figure out how many calories they are consuming? It might seem like a no-brainer to some that a salad coated in dressing and parmesan cheese isn&#39;t healthy, but 1,000 calories? That one surprised even me, and I&#39;ll look for any reason not to eat at Chili&#39;s.</p> <p>Wise Bread readers know, for the most part, that the healthiest meals are the ones that you cook at home. But for the occasional times that we dine out, shouldn&#39;t we have the right to know what we are consuming? </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-revisiting-the-5-second-rule-and-other-kitchen-classics">Waste Not! Revisiting the 5-Second Rule and other Kitchen Classics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink calories carbohydrates dessert dining fat FDA Food Health labels Macaroni Grill obesity Olive Garden restaurant Wed, 31 Oct 2007 22:55:32 +0000 Andrea Karim 1344 at http://www.wisebread.com Crappy service, great food...what to do? http://www.wisebread.com/crappy-service-great-food-what-to-do <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fawlty.jpg" alt="Fawlty" title="Fawlty" width="306" height="183" /></p> <p>Yesterday I witnessed something quite special. My lovely wife, who is usually not one for complaining, decided that the service we had received at a local restaurant (or hadn&#39;t in this case) was not on. She put her foot down, followed my advice, and I witnessed it with a glowing smile.</p> <p>Here&#39;s the story.</p> <p>After being seated by the host, we waited 15 minutes for a server to appear at our table. We did the usual &#39;please, can&#39;t somebody take our order&#39; stares into space. We made eye contact with other servers. We did everything right. Alas, we were ignored. </p> <p>My wife walked all the way back to the front of the restaurant and asked our hostess for some help. She ended up being the one to take our orders, and the restaurant wasn&#39;t even that busy. Not a glowing start to the meal, which I thought was now going to suck. We made our drink and food orders, and I ordered a Seven Taster special to drink (Seven 5oz samples of the beers they serve) and they arrived very quickly. I was knocked out. They tasted great, they looked great, the barman clearly had his act together.</p> <p>And then the wait began for the food. Another 20 minutes (which seemed longer, we had a 6 month old and a precocious toddler at the table), but when it did arrive it was outrageously good. I mean heavenly. Our little girl Olivia was making MMMMMM sounds through the whole meal. We sat there full and satisfied, but the service had really let us down. We were going to order dessert, but we had not been checked on once by a server. We felt invisible. No-one was even making an appearance to give us the check.</p> <p>My wife had had enough. She went to our hostess and asked for the manager. I was shocked, but happy to see she was realizing that as customers we have a right to good service. When the manager arrived, she followed my advice to the letter. She was polite, explained that we loved the food but were let down by the poor service. The manager listened carefully, and showed genuine concern.</p> <p>He came back to the table with 50% taken off our bill, and a $20 gift voucher for our next visit. He apologized for the poor service, assured us it would never happen again and wanted us to come back and see for ourselves soon. He was very nice. And we will. The food was great, and the manager turned something that could have been bad word of mouth into a great story. The restauramt in question is BJs Restaurant &amp; Brewhouse, in Aurora, by the way.</p> <p><strong>So, the moral is this.</strong> Everyone is entitled to good service. If you don&#39;t believe you received it, be honest. But in turn, be completely honest about the whole event. If the food was great, say so. If the food sucked but the waiter was a star, say that too. But always remain calm, collected and polite. More often than not, you&#39;ll get a much more favorable outcome if you show the restaurant you&#39;re a good customer worth keeping, rather than a complainer out for a free lunch. </p> <p>And to my wife Nikki, you&#39;re a star. Even Basil Fawlty would be putty in your hands. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crappy-service-great-food-what-to-do">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-split-the-bill-without-losing-friends">6 Ways to Split the Bill Without Losing Friends</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card">More Cash Back for Dining Out with the Capital One® Savor℠ Cash Rewards Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink complaining customer complaints customer service dining out host manager restaurant waiter Mon, 23 Apr 2007 17:18:18 +0000 Paul Michael 546 at http://www.wisebread.com Get $25 dining certificates for $3 at Restaurant.com http://www.wisebread.com/get-25-dining-certificates-for-3-at-restaurant-com <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-25-dining-certificates-for-3-at-restaurant-com" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000043133060_Large.jpg" alt="friends eating restaurant" title="friends eating restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Note: The deal has expired.</strong></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.restaurant.com/">Restaurant.com</a> is currently offering $25 dining certificates for $10. Apply the bonus code CHEERS<strong> </strong>during checkout and get another 70% off the $10. (Coupon code expires 12/29/2006.)</p> <p>That's $3 for a $25 meal!</p> <p>I personally tested this out an hour ago and it works! Here are a few tips on getting the most out of this deal:</p> <ul> <li>Beware of special conditions. Some certificates come with special conditions, such as &quot;dine in only&quot; or &quot;with purchase of two entrees.&quot; The conditions are clearly listed during checkout, so they won't come as a surprise. Generally this is what has kept me away from Restaurant.com in the past. But for $3, I'm willing to jump through the hoops...this time.</li> <p></p> <li>Be patient. Due to the popularity of this deal, the server at Restaurant.com is running really, really slowly. So be patient while it marinates your order. Let's just hope your actual server at the restaurant is more responsive.</li> <p></p> <li>Don't feel obligated to buy something. Restaurant.com has a decent selection of restaurants, but it is far from being comprehensive. I had to look for a long time before I found a good place I recognized. (New York Deli, here I come!) I know $3 for $25 is a great deal, but if you don't see any restaurants you like there's no shame in passing up this deal.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-25-dining-certificates-for-3-at-restaurant-com">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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(offer expired)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals certificate deals restaurant Tue, 26 Dec 2006 18:45:49 +0000 Will Chen 112 at http://www.wisebread.com