dining http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/537/all en-US 5 Modern Ways to Split the Bill http://www.wisebread.com/5-modern-ways-to-split-the-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-modern-ways-to-split-the-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_splitting_bill_000079748405.jpg" alt="Couple finding modern ways to split the bill" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many strained friendships can be traced back to someone not paying their share of a dinner bill (or several)? If you're getting worn down by &quot;separate checks&quot; anxiety, check out these five modern ways you can split the bill with friends.</p> <h2>1. Tab</h2> <p>One of the simpler apps on the list, <a href="http://tabapp.co/">Tab</a> snaps a photo of the check and lets you assign split totals from there. Pass the phone around and let each person tap their own expenses under their name. Then, Tab calculates a new total for each diner that includes their share of tax and tip. This is a really fast and easy solution for large groups, and especially helpful when that certain friend who always underpays is in attendance.</p> <h2>2. Plates by Splitwise</h2> <p>Want an app that will work for nearly anything? <a href="https://www.splitwise.com/">Splitwise</a> is free on both iOS and Android and allows friends, roommates, or family members to split all kinds of expenses &mdash; from utilities, to groceries, to repairs. Plates by Splitwise is made especially to help split restaurant checks. Splitwise even keeps track of who's picked up the check and who owes what over time, and will send friendly email reminders to settle up on past debts.</p> <h2>3. Divvy</h2> <p>Divvy is similar to Tab in how it works. <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/divvy/id560503890?mt=8">Divvy</a> is an iOS app that scans your check using OCR (optical character recognition) to &quot;read&quot; the line items. You then assign each line item to a member of your party. In addition, the app lets you group members into sub-parties who want to pay together. It also calculates the tax and tip, so everyone knows how much they owe. This is a great choice for extra large parties that need to be sectioned off into smaller paying groups.</p> <h2>4. Billr</h2> <p>Sharing similar functionality to other apps like Divvy or Tab, <a href="http://billr.me/">Billr</a> for iOS calculates how much each person in your party owes from the meal &mdash; entrees, drinks, everything &mdash; along with tax and tip. The best part of Billr is that at the end, it sends a carbon copy of the split bill to each person in the group via email or text message.</p> <h2>5. Venmo</h2> <p>Quite possibly the most popular of the crop for everyday use, <a href="https://venmo.com/">Venmo</a> (now owned by PayPal) is an easy-to-use money exchanging app to pay friends back for goods and services. The app is connected to your bank account. While you cannot add funds to Venmo, when someone pays you back for a good or service you have the choice to let it sit in your Venmo wallet, or transfer it to your bank, similar to PayPal. Also: It's almost as fun as chatting on WhatsApp. You can use emojis to tag what the transaction was for, like a pizza for a night in with pals and delivery.</p> <p><em>How do you equitably split the bill with friends?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-modern-ways-to-split-the-bill">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-5"> <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-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line">6 Money Moves You Can Make While Stuck in an Endless TSA Line</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/everyones-using-spare-change-apps-are-they-really-worth-it">Everyone&#039;s Using Spare Change Apps — Are They Really Worth It?</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/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay">Pay with a Selfie: How Safe Are the New Ways to Pay?</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/these-apps-turn-saving-money-into-a-game-are-they-worth-it">These Apps Turn Saving Money Into a Game — Are They Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance apps bills dining restaurants social media Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:00:04 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1630351 at http://www.wisebread.com The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_vacation_000025633555.jpg" alt="Young couple trying to cut food costs while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2001, as we deplaned on Maui, my husband was handed a survey from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. It sought our assistance in tracking daily vacation spending. As a CPA, he took to it like a duck to water, and as we went from restaurant, to activity, to luau, he tracked every last cent we spent. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel</a>)</p> <p>Scrutinizing the cost of the activities and meals so closely made us spend less money than we may have been inclined to on that trip, but it also altered our spending habits on all vacations thereafter. After finding the best deals on tickets and lodging, we tackled daily food costs. Below are our tips for saving money on those.</p> <p>A caveat, though: Dining in great restaurants and trying out new foods are often part of your travel adventure. If you find yourself eating a peanut-butter sandwich in your hotel room in Chicago instead of a street-vendor hot dog or a deep-dish pizza, I think you are missing out. Better to save a larger travel fund than to miss out on a fun part of the experience.</p> <p>Here are 14 ways to save on food costs while traveling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose an Apartment Instead of a Hotel</h2> <p>This tip is at the top of my list, because it is so much cheaper to eat in than rely on restaurants. However, if you don't like to cook, and part of &quot;vacation&quot; means a break from the kitchen, this suggestion is not for you. If you do like to cook, though, look for condo advertisement comments where people have mentioned &quot;well-stocked kitchens.&quot; This is usually code for decent knives, pots and pans, cooking oils, and seasonings. Also, look for condos that have outdoor grills. Grilling adds to that vacation-y feeling and shares the cooking workload.</p> <p>I usually make a shopping list on the plane or in the car, hit a grocery store when we arrive at our destination, and then go unpack. I wouldn't suggest that you eat every single meal at a condo, lest you miss out on local restaurants and foods, but this will give you a big savings over needing to frequent restaurants three times a day.</p> <h2>2. Look for Hotels With Refrigerators</h2> <p>If you can't do the above, let's hope your hotel has a small refrigerator. If so, you can at least store some milk for cereal, juice, yogurt, etc. for in-room breakfasts. Many hotels also have microwaves, which is another bonus.</p> <h2>3. Stock Your Own Alcohol</h2> <p>We live in a cruise ship port town. Guess where a lot of folks head during shore excursions? To Walmart, to buy booze. Cruise or resort bar prices are going to be considerably higher than what you'll pay if you pick it up yourself. While it's nice to have the occasional drink out for the vacation ambiance, it will also add up quickly if you spend a lot of time in bars.</p> <h2>4. Camp!</h2> <p>Not everyone loves to camp, I realize &mdash; but if you do, it's a really inexpensive way to go. And what's better than bacon and fresh trout with coffee in the morning? If you like just a little more luxury in the great outdoors, consider a KOA Deluxe Cabin which has a kitchen, or an RV rental. Camping food is, by its very nature, cheap! Think about hot dogs, pork and beans, pancakes and of course &mdash; s'mores.</p> <h2>5. Eat Lunch in Restaurants, Instead of Dinner</h2> <p>My husband and I rarely go out for dinner, but we frequently go out to lunch because it is considerably cheaper. Although the menu choices or portions aren't as large, we never feel limited. Often, we find that the same menus are featured for both lunch and dinner &mdash; the former is just much lower-priced.</p> <h2>6. Picnic</h2> <p>My mother was a champion picnic-er and made terrific salads, fried chicken, snacks, and soups in thermoses. We'd just pick a pretty spot and pull the station wagon over. It also gives everyone time to stretch their legs, take some pictures, and relax (while saving money). It's also fun to pack a lunch and head to an area park. Many even have barbecues available.</p> <h2>7. Take Advantage of the &quot;Continental Breakfast&quot;</h2> <p>Many hotels now offer free breakfast as part of the deal, so you might as well take advantage of it. While cereal and muffins may be the only fare at some, higher-end places have eggs to order and trays of bacon. I usually grab a few pieces of fruit to snack on later, too.</p> <h2>8. Eat Local Foods</h2> <p>As the saying goes, &quot;When in Rome...&quot; Food grown locally will be the most inexpensive, and usually at its best. This doesn't just mean produce, though &mdash; think of the inexpensive, ubiquitous musubi in Hawaii, street tacos in Southern California, or gyros from stands in New York. Keep the travel adventure going by trying new (and often inexpensive) foods.</p> <h2>9. Check Out the Appetizer Menu</h2> <p>Want to try a restaurant, but are frightened off by the dinner prices? Check out the appetizer menu. The prices are lower, the portions often generous, and you'll still enjoy the restaurant ambiance.</p> <h2>10. Look for Deals</h2> <p>Try <a href="http://www.groupon.com/">Groupon</a>, <a href="https://www.livingsocial.com">LivingSocial</a>, or check a coupon book for restaurant deals. Or, try giving the restaurant a call to see if they offer an &quot;early bird&quot; or &quot;kids eat free&quot; special.</p> <h2>11. Ask a Local</h2> <p>Don't be bashful! Somebody who lives where you are traveling is probably your best bet for finding cheap, great eats.</p> <h2>12. Read Up on Restaurants</h2> <p>Do some homework before you go. Check the area's local paper, blogs, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.</p> <h2>13. Any Food Trucks Around?</h2> <p>Want great food in a casual atmosphere? Find a food truck. Take it to go, or find a spot to picnic. <a href="http://roaminghunger.com/">Roaming Hunger</a> will help you find the trucks!</p> <h2>14. Buy in Bulk</h2> <p>Even when traveling, if we're staying in a place with a kitchen, we seek out a nearby Costco or a Sam's Club. There are items we know we'll want (such as eggs, beer, bagels, or muffins) every day.</p> <p><em>How do you save on food costs while traveling?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <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-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants">The World&#039;s Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants</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/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</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/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers">5 Cheap Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers</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/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel byob dining eating restaurants saving money vacation Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:00:06 +0000 Marla Walters 1379755 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Dining Hacks From Restaurant Insiders http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dining-hacks-from-restaurant-insiders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-dining-hacks-from-restaurant-insiders" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/restaurant-menu-86488893-small.jpg" alt="restaurant menu" title="restaurant menu" 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 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. 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/how-to-prevent-a-drunken-online-shopping-spree">How to Prevent a Drunken Online Shopping Spree</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/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate’s Guide to Eating 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/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-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 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: The Cheap Eats Edition http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-cheap-eats-edition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-cheap-eats-edition" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-iStock_000009969295Small_0.jpg" alt="eating" title="eating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></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 of the best articles from around the web on ways to keep your food expenses low.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/cheap-and-easy-food-to-make/">98 Cheap and Easy Foods to Make Under 5 Bucks!</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make breakfast burritos and French Onion soup for under $5? [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/03/how-to-afford-organic-foods-on-a-budget-2.html">How to Afford Organic Food on a Budget</a> &mdash; Afford organic food on a budget by planting a garden or joining a CSA. [Money Saving Mom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Items-Dont-Expire-23603961">10 Grocery Items With a Long Shelf Life</a> &mdash; Vinegar can last indefinitely, while canned soda can last for about a year. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/the-frugal-shopper/2014/02/21/5-ways-to-save-money-at-restaurants">5 Ways to Save Money at Restaurants</a> &mdash; Taking advantage of happy hour deals can help you save the next time you dine out. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/food/helping-to-make-one-grocery-trip-last-two-weeks.php">Helping to Make One Grocery Trip Last Two Weeks</a> &mdash; To make one grocery trip last two weeks, cook with squash and make pesto. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/save-money-at-the-grocery-store/">Save Money at the Grocery Store</a> &mdash; Planning out your meals for at least a week can help you save at the grocery store. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/what-should-and-shouldnt-i-microwave-1532532172">What Should and Shouldn't I Microwave?</a> &mdash; It's ok to microwave food in glass containers, but not aluminum foil. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/money-saving-barbecue-menu-ideas/">Money-Saving Barbecue Menu Ideas</a> &mdash; Gourmet hotdogs are a frugal and fun barbecue menu option. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/5-ways-to-enjoy-eating-out-without-spending-a-lot-on-food">5 Ways to Enjoy Eating Out Without Spending a Lot on Food</a> &mdash; To dine out frugally, go for a picnic or attend a local Farmer's Market. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/top-10-resources-for-delicious-and-nutritious-baby-food-recipes">Top 10 Resources for Delicious and Nutritious Baby Food</a> &mdash; Weelicious.com and NurtureBaby.com are a couple great places where you can find nutritious baby food. [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-the-cheap-eats-edition">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips cheap dining eating Food Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1146781 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Enjoy Eating Out Without Spending a Lot on Food http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-enjoy-eating-out-without-spending-a-lot-on-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-enjoy-eating-out-without-spending-a-lot-on-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5741593876_7f6a008f3c_z(1).jpg" alt="Enjoy Eating Out Without Spending A Lot on Food" title="Enjoy Eating Out Without Spending A Lot on Food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></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 fantastic articles on eating out without spending a lot on food, using new disposable income, and choosing a major.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/5-ways-to-enjoy-eating-out-without-spending-a-lot-on-food/">5 Ways to Enjoy Eating Out without Spending A Lot on Food</a> &mdash; To enjoy eating out without spending a ton of money on food, go to the restaurant but skip dinner. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/6-tips-for-using-new-disposable-income/">6 Tips for Using New Disposable Income</a> &mdash; If you have new disposable income, re-evaluate your savings. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/choosing-a-major/">Choosing a Major - 3 Vital Things to Consider</a> &mdash; When choosing a major, consider whether or not you will be able to live your desired lifestyle based on the job options available to you within that major. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/save-money-by-pickling-fruits-and-vegetables-at-home/">Save Money by Pickling Fruits and Vegetables at Home</a> &mdash; Pickling can eliminate waste and save you money. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/2012/09/11/bargain-beach-vacationing/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+mightybargainhunter+%28MightyBargainHunter.com%29">Seven tips for bargain beach vacationing with friends</a> &mdash; Have a bargain beach vacation with friends by going at the tail end of the season. [Mighty Bargain Hunter]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/commercial-banks-cash-only-living/">Skip Commercial Banks! How Cash Only Living Can Work</a> &mdash; To make cash only living work for you, use an envelope budgeting system. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Ask-Pregnant-Co-Worker-25064971">10 Things You Shouldn't Ask A Pregnant Co-Worker</a> &mdash; Don't ask your pregnant co-worker how long she was trying to get pregnant. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/on-the-road-again-7-ways-to-stay-connected-to-your-kids">On the Road Again? 7 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids</a> &mdash; When you are on the road, stay connected to your kids by planning times to call. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2012/09/how-to-do-storage-auctions-wars/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+budgetsaresexy+%28Budgets+are+Sexy.%29">10 Things You Need to Know About Storage Auctions</a> &mdash; If you are planning on going to a storage auction, show up early to register. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/09/23/fear-frugality-and-parenting/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">Fear, Frugality, and Parenting</a> &mdash; Do you think it is more important to be overprotective of your kids or allow them to become more self-reliant? [The Simple Dollar]</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-enjoy-eating-out-without-spending-a-lot-on-food">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/the-case-for-caloric-labeling">The case for caloric labeling</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining eating out Food Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:48:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954695 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spend Less on Eating In http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spend-less-on-eating-in <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spend-less-on-eating-in" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3242427304_157142e858_z-1.jpg" alt="Spend Less On Eating In" title="Spend Less On Eating In" 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 spending less on eating in, cheap ways to beat stress, and things wealthy people do differently.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Save-Money-Cooking-24253505">11 Tips To Spend Less On Eating In</a> &mdash; Spend less when eating in by using leftovers for lunch and freezing your food. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=04a69442-4d8f-4788-97be-5f677c3eb507&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=095dbe5d-1c60-48f0-9fed-a41972c66ccf">18 cheap ways to beat stress</a> &mdash; To beat stress without breaking the bank, take pictures or host a games night. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/things-wealthy-people-do-differently/">5 Things Wealthy People Do Differently</a> &mdash; Wealthy people tend to avoid debt and favor low risk/high yield investments. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/07/31/dirt-cheap-fun-that-keeps-your-kids-healthy/">Dirt Cheap Fun That Keeps Your Kids Healthy</a> &mdash; Did you know that letting your kids play in the dirt improves their immune system? [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/why-is-that-outdated-item-still-on-your-credit-report/">Why is that Outdated Item Still on Your Credit Report?</a> &mdash; Most negative information on your credit report must be removed after 7 or 10 years. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/15-clever-aloe-vera.html">15 Clever Uses for Aloe Vera</a> &mdash; Aloe Vera can be used as an asthma reliever. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/08/more-tv-shows-that-teach-personal-finances.html">More TV Shows That Teach Personal Finance</a> &mdash; Secret Millionaire highlights people who are less fortunate and how generosity can make a difference in the lives of others. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/letters-auto-technologies/1.html">8 Ways New Car and Highway Technology Will Change Your Life</a> &mdash; New car technology will result in fewer accidents. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/5-sports-probably-cant-afford-let-kids-play/">5 Sports You Probably Can't Afford to Let Your Kids Play</a> &mdash; Horseback riding and gymnastics are two of the most expensive sports for children to participate in. [GoBankingRates.com]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/23-fun-summer-bucket-list-activities-for-families">23 Fun Summer Bucket List Activities for Families</a> &mdash; This summer, cross going fishing and catching lightning bugs off your bucket list. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/08/the-plutus-awards-voting">The Plutus Awards Voting</a> &mdash; Be sure to vote in the 3rd annual Plutus Awards! Voting closes on August 14th.</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-spend-less-on-eating-in">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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining eating in Food Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:00:41 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 947340 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Eating Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-eating-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-ways-to-save-on-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/2406952166_0b1e7fb726_z-1.jpg" alt="Ways to Save on Eating Out" title="Ways to Save on Eating 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 awesome articles on ways to save on eating out, how not to be average, and the Obamacare ruling.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/06/29/15-ways-to-save-on-eating-out/">15 Ways to Save on Eating Out</a> &mdash; Save money on eating out by following restaurants on Twitter and becoming a regular. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/06/how-not-to-be-average.html">How Not to Be Average</a> &mdash; To not be financially average, live below your means and do everything you can to grow your income. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Does-Obamacare-Passing-Mean-Me-23767471">Obamacare Ruling: A Simple Breakdown Of What It Means For You</a> &mdash; The Obamacare law's fate depends on the November elections. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-cheap-must-do-trips-every-child-should-take">5 Cheap &quot;Trips&quot; Every Child Should Take</a> &mdash; Be sure to take your child camping and to local landmarks. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/29/6-ways-to-find-a-job-in-an-unfamiliar-city/?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">6 ways to find a job in an unfamiliar city</a> &mdash; When looking for a job in an unfamiliar city, utilize social media outlets. [CNNMoney]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=cf966c31-3474-49df-b97b-cdd3456a5826&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=1db4fdc1-9f2c-4a59-ba53-1c8d200805e4">How you can live rent-free</a> &mdash; It is possible to live rent free by house-sitting or caretaking but be prepared to do some serious couch surfing. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/25-more-ways-to-waste-money/1.html">25 MORE Ways to Waste Your Money</a> &mdash; Don't waste your money by shopping without having a plan. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/workathome-parttime-jobs-stayathome-parents.html">Work-at-Home Part-Time Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents</a> &mdash; Are you a stay-at-home parent looking for a work-at-home part-time job? Consider being a virtual assistant. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://time.com/money/2791961/should-i-save-or-pay-off-debt/">Should I Save or Pay Off Debt?</a> &mdash; It's not an all or nothing thing -- you need to do both. [Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/your-rights-under-the-fair-credit-reporting-act/">Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act</a> &mdash; Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you may get your credit report for free once a year. [Credit Sesame]</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-on-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-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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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-overpriced-restaurant-items-that-waste-your-money">13 Overpriced Restaurant Items That Waste Your Money</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/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</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/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">How Water Can Save You $977 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining eating out Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 937281 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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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-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 Best Money Tips: Save on Eating Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-eating-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-save-on-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/4625640282_1b1eaeaa5b_z-1.jpg" alt="Save on Eating Out" title="Save on Eating 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 awesome articles on saving on eating out, smart couponing strategies, and secrets to making this year the best year ever.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Save-Money-Restaurants-21090530">Save on Eating Out in 2012 With These 12 Realistic Tips!</a> &mdash; To save money when eating out, try ordering plates to share. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2011/12/smart-couponing-strategies-to-maximize-your-grocery-savings.html">Smart Couponing Strategies to Maximize Your Grocery Savings</a> &mdash; Maximize your grocery savings by using the coupon strategy of combining store sales with coupons. [Not Made Of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2011/12/7-secrets-to-making-this-year-best-year.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DumbLittleMan+%28Dumb+Little+Man+-+tips+for+life%29">7 Secrets to Making This Year the Best Year Ever</a> &mdash; To make this year the best year ever, focus on what is most important to you. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2011/12/29/5-credit-card-predictions-for-2012/">5 Credit Card Predictions for 2012</a> &mdash; Expect more non-mileage perks from credit cards in 2012. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-get-better-debit-card-rewards-from-banks">How to Get Better Debit Card Rewards from Banks</a> &mdash; Want to get better debit card rewards? Try using a debit card from a smaller bank. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/3-ways-to-stick-to-your-new-years-resolutions-and-become-financially-fit-in-2012/">3 Ways to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions and Become Financially Fit in 2012</a> &mdash; Stick to your New Year's resolutions by making the most of what you already have. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2011/12/good-advice-from-fmf-readers.html">Good Advice from FMF Readers</a> &mdash; One of the top reasons why a resume gets rejected: not telling the recruiter why you are right for the job from the getgo. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/speed-up-and-get-out-of-debt-faster/">10 Strategies to Boost Your Income and Get Out of Debt Fast</a> &mdash; Pay down your debt by renting out an extra room in your home. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2011/12/save-money-winterizing-your-car/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuizzleWire+%28Quizzle+Wire+&raquo;+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">Save Money Winterizing Your Car</a> &mdash; To save money winterizing your car, remember to properly pressurize your tires. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/career/how-to-maintain-a-bright-career-path-as-a-stay-at-home-parent/">How to Maintain a Bright Career Path as a Stay at Home Parent</a> &mdash; Continue to have a bright career path even if you are a stay at home parent by taking classes. [MoneyNing]</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-save-on-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-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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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-overpriced-restaurant-items-that-waste-your-money">13 Overpriced Restaurant Items That Waste Your Money</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/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</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/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">How Water Can Save You $977 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining eating out Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:00:14 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 848500 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Shrink Your Bill When Eating Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-shrink-your-bill-when-eating-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-shrink-your-bill-when-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/5501169193_c063c8aa3e_z-1.jpg" alt="Shrink Your Bill When Eating Out" title="Shrink Your Bill When Eating 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 great articles on ways to shrink your bill when eating out, how to become a world class negotiator, and lessons to learn from American Idol.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Eat-Out-Cheaply-17098611">12 Tips to Shrink Your Bill When Eating Out</a> &mdash; Save money when eating out by bringing your leftovers home. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://passivepanda.com/fast-negotiation-tips?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PassivePanda+%28Passive+Panda%29">5 Fast Ways To Become a World Class Negotiator Today</a> &mdash; Become a great negotiator by asking for information instead of favors. [Passive Panda]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fiscalfizzle.com/2011/05/lessons-american-idol/">7 Things I Learned From American Idol</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from American Idol and remember that the more successful you are, the more the haters come out. [Fiscal Fizzle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/hot-tip/a-simple-green-fix-for-creaky-doors-147584">A Simple Green Fix For Creaky Doors</a> &mdash; Fix your squeaky doors by using olive oil. [Re-Nest]</p> <p><a href="http://www.figuide.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-the-crash-of-the-dollar.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FiGuide+%28FiGuide+-+Financial+Guidance+from+the+Professionals%29">7 Ways To Protect Yourself From the Crash of the Dollar</a> &mdash; Protect yourself from the crash of the dollar by pursuing investments with low risk. [FiGuide]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/high-calorie-snacks-for-low-weight-kids">High Calorie Snacks For Low Weight Kids</a> &mdash; If your child needs extra calories, try giving him or her avocado slices with salt. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/technology-toys/must-have-gadgets-for-outdoor-parties">Must-Have Gadgets for Outdoor Parties</a> &mdash; Make sure your next outdoor party is a success by having the perfect grill. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/military-discounts/">133 Military Discounts</a> &mdash; With Memorial Day right around the corner, be sure to take advantage of discounts from Banana Republic and Chilis if you are in the military. [Gift Card Granny]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2011/05/26/five-home-insurance-red-flags-and-how-to-avoid-them/">Five Home Insurance Red Flags and How to Avoid Them</a> &mdash; Dogs can often be a home insurance red flag so before you buy or adopt a dog that is considered a dangerous breed, think twice. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://simplifried.com/2011/05/20/questions-for-cooks-cleaning-cookware/">Questions for cooks: Cleaning cookware</a> &mdash; Clean your stainless steel pots using boiling water and baking soda. [Simplifried]</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-shrink-your-bill-when-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-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/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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-nifty-tips-for-getting-the-most-from-an-all-you-can-eat-buffet">8 Nifty Tips for Getting the Most from an All-You-Can Eat Buffet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining eating Fri, 27 May 2011 09:48:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 552555 at http://www.wisebread.com Book Review: On a Dollar a Day http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-on-a-dollar-a-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/book-review-on-a-dollar-a-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollaraday.jpg" alt="On a Dollar a Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Could you survive on one dollar's worth of food per day? Vegan high school teachers Kerri Leonard and Christopher Greenslate endured a one month experiment where each of them consumed one dollar of food per day. In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401310184?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1401310184">On a Dollar a Day: One Couple's Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America</a> (affiliate link), they described their experience and an array of social issues relating to the cost of food.</p> <p>The book is divided into three sections detailing the three food spending plans the couple chose. The first section detailed their month of eating on a dollar a day, the second describes their experiment in eating on the average food stamp recipient's allotment, and the third is where they had no spending restrictions but tried to eat more healthily. Each section has alternate chapters written by Leonard and Greenslate.</p> <p>The first experiment of eating on a dollar a day was actually quite difficult to read because this couple was obviously torturing themselves. Although they say that they were able to eat an adequate portion, there were many passages where they described their hunger and stress while on this plan. One rule they set was that they would not eat any food they can get for free unless everyone else has access to it. Due to this rule they did not eat the free foods they had access to at work and other venues, and I thought that was silly because any of those leftover free foods were probably wasted.</p> <p>The second section of the book describes how the vegan couple tried to follow the Thrifty Food Plan recommended by the USDA and live on a little over $4 per day for a month. They fared a lot better on this, but found that it was still difficult to eat in a very healthy manner because nutritious and fresh foods cost more than processed foods with plenty of calories. This reminded me of Philip Brewer's excellent post <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a> where he writes about why poor people are obese.</p> <p>The final section of the book focuses on eating for health, and it also seems like the couple have become more savvy shoppers after their months of challenges. The conclusion is that they found that it was possible to plan healthy and delicious meals that do not cost very much.</p> <p>What I found most entertaining about this book was how these food plans affected the relationship between the authors. It was Greenslate's idea to start the original project, and Leonard played the part of a supportive girlfriend. However, later on it was clear that Leonard was doing most of the work in planning and preparing these meals, and it took a toll on her. Greenslate briefly wrote about how the preparation of food from the grocery store to the table is traditionally the work of women, but I think it would have been more interesting if Leonard wrote her thoughts on the subject.</p> <p>Finally, there is a short chapter in the book about how to save on food, but those who want to live on a dollar of food a day will not find this book to be a very good guide. Although I felt that the one dollar a day food challenge was a bit forced, I do like the message in the book that you can eat healthily on a small budget. If you want to read more about the project, the authors have a blog at <a href="http://onedollardietproject.wordpress.com/">One Dollar Diet Project</a> where they write about food related issues</p> <p><strong>Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book and this post contains an affiliate link.</strong></p> <p><em>How much do you spend on food each day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-on-a-dollar-a-day">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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts">7 Savory Food Gifts</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</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/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dining Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Xin Lu 5766 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Savvy Strategies to Ward Away College Hunger and Avoid Overspending http://www.wisebread.com/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice cream.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="374" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in 1996, I was a partial scholarship private <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-resources">college student</a> with the &ldquo;gold&rdquo; meal plan. Despite having access to food almost anytime I wanted, I often went hungry. Why? I was a horrible planner, a bit bad with my time, and I really had no knowledge of food savings strategies. Here are 6 things I finally learned about how to get more from your very <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college-student-eating-survival-guide-until-spring-break">limited college food budget</a>.</p> <h3>Know how much your meal plan (really) costs.</h3> <p>Unless you were my good friend &ldquo;Hacker&rdquo; &mdash; with a full-ride scholarship and grants coming out of his pajama drawer &mdash; most of us private college kids had a $20,000+ a year college loan to look forward too. This didn&rsquo;t cover the meal plan (which ranged in cost from $1,000 to a few thousand dollars). Assuming you could get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/stafford-loans">Stafford loan</a> or some private funding to pay for your caf&eacute; dollars, this is still a fairly pricey investment. At the 3.5-5% interest rate that many of us paid on those loans over a period of 10-30 years, that&rsquo;s a pretty hefty lunch tab!</p> <p>Why am I stressing this? While many of my friends opted to ditch Taco Night at the caf to grab a bucket of chicken from the nearest fast food place, they didn&rsquo;t realize that those uneaten tacos would some day have to be paid for, and at a nice little interest accumulation, as well. You thought buying burgers on a credit card was stupid; passed-over tuna casserole on a government loan is even more ridiculous, if you ask me!</p> <h3>Pretend the vending machine doesn&rsquo;t exist.</h3> <p>Even after taking a heavy workload both semesters of my freshman year, I still managed to work 15-20 hours a week at a local daycare center. That money was hard-earned, but easily spent. The biggest consumption of my funds came from that evil vending machine that greeted me on the way in (and out) of my dorm lobby several times a day. Crunchy Cheetos, Peanut M&amp;M&rsquo;s, and a bag of unpopped popcorn were my weakness, and at 60 cents a pop (which was high then, believe me), my cash was hard to hold on to.</p> <p>Had I any financial sense at the time, I would have begged a ride from a buddy and gone to the nearest dollar store. The mega-packs of all those junky delights were about $2 for 6, making easy savings if I was willing to plan for it. (Remember that vending purchases don&rsquo;t issue receipts, show up on your credit card statement, or get written in your check register &mdash; making them evil for your budget. It&rsquo;s best to stay way, completely.) And I won&rsquo;t even tell you how my diet suffered from the easy access of those nutritionally-worthless foods.</p> <h3>Make friends with the food service workers.</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not suggesting that you pretend to buddy up to anyone, in hopes of scoring free food. What I am saying is that it pays to know the people who work at the school cafeteria, since many of them are fellow college students. In my case, I was great friends with a few of the evening workers, and this was to a huge benefit. I could easily find out if they were a little lean on the sirloin steaks that night (giving me the edge to get in line early and grab them before they were all gone), how awful the chicken parmesan really was, and whether the ice cream machine would be working that evening.</p> <p>(It all may seem trivial to you, but when a college kid is literally sprinting between classes, hoping to get the biggest bang for their cafeteria buck, these are important tips to eating better and filling up fast.)</p> <h3>Cook with a group.</h3> <p>The cleanest place in my dorm room lobby was the kitchen. It was hardly ever used, except for when the weekly Dungeons &amp; Dragons group got together. While I won&rsquo;t pretend to know what they were doing (I&rsquo;m not a fan), I did know one thing: They made an awesome meal when they met. Whether it be a pot of chili, a couple pans of lasagna, or some Mexican dish that made the entire dorm building drool, these kids could cook &mdash; and they did so on a budget. While it was impractical for me to plunk down dollars on a couple of pounds of ground beef, 3 cans of chili beans, 2 cans of tomatoes, a fresh onion, and spices, it was not inconceivable for 6 students to do so as part of a group effort. There was no need to store the food (as they bought it fresh right before the meeting), and there were never any leftovers to deal with. These kids figured out the joy of combining resources and doing something as a group, and they ate way better than I ever did.</p> <h3>Shop sales for the holidays.</h3> <p>My hungriest days were when the cafeteria shut down for the holidays. With over 85% of the campus vacated for the season, I was usually at school, by myself, eating from that evil vending machine. With no mini-fridge to take advantage of, I honestly believed that Ramen noodles and warm Dr. Pepper were my destiny. I had no idea of the sales that preceded each holiday season, and how it was possible to take advantage in preparation for the hungry days. While it was impractical to view ads online in 1996, now there is no excuse for a wired student to not be able to see the weekly grocery specials at their local store. Even if you don&rsquo;t coupon, the weeks leading up to the holidays offer so many staple items, often at 50% savings, that a hungry kid could warm up in the microwave &mdash; or even saut&eacute;, broil, or bake in the abandoned dorm kitchen.</p> <p>If you budget, (and you really should), put aside a little extra grocery money for the pre-holiday sales. You&rsquo;ll be glad you did.</p> <h3>Work at a food business.</h3> <p>This is the last alternative for many, but it really worked for me. Getting employment at a restaurant, diner, or bakery is a reasonable way for many college students to fortify the food budget (and not just in earnings), and many food businesses are truly college student-friendly. While it is true that many of the chain and fast-food restaurants won&rsquo;t offer you free meals (and 50% off a meal laden in calories and fat is a waste of even 50% of your money), there are healthy menu option at many establishments that are worth buying at a discount.</p> <p>The best way to work the employee benefit system in your favor, however, is to work for a Mom &amp; Pop caf&eacute; or restaurant and work hard to earn their respect. Many of the places I worked for in college were more than happy to let us have one meal off the menu at the end of our busy shift, and these were often the best meals I ever had. (Lobster Bisque, Lemon Ravioli, Fresh Basil-Pesto Angel Hair, and Cheese Souffl&eacute; made the college cuisine look like frozen dinners.) This was also a great introduction into the hospitality business, which, for some, can be a worthwhile career path after college.</p> <p>There's no reason to go hungry at college, provided you plan a little and get over your need to feel comfortable all the time. Stretch yourself to try something new, and by all means, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-budgeting">learn to budget</a>! It'll be the most valuable thing you learn in college &mdash; I promise (and at far less than what you'll pay per credit hour for that American Government course).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending">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-5"> <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/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</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/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</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/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink college dining eating Food students Mon, 07 Dec 2009 16:00:02 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3931 at http://www.wisebread.com A Restaurant Where You Pay What You Can Afford For The Meal? http://www.wisebread.com/a-restaurant-where-you-pay-what-you-can-afford-for-the-meal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-restaurant-where-you-pay-what-you-can-afford-for-the-meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sameimage1.jpg" alt="Same Cafe" title="Same Cafe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It sounds like something out a movie, but it&rsquo;s actually right out of Denver, my home city. And this wonderful idea is not only incredibly innovative and generous, it&rsquo;s also working well and making thousands of needy people happy in the process. </p> <p><a href="http://www.soallmayeat.org">So All May Eat Caf&eacute; (SAME Caf&eacute;)</a> was founded by Brad And Libby Birky, a couple who moved to Denver from Illinois. They had worked in various shelters and soup kitchens for eight years before they decided to take a chance and open SAME Caf&eacute;. They paid off their car, saved up around $30,000 and then sank it all into one of the most amazing caf&eacute;&rsquo;s in America, if not the world.</p> <p>The principal is simple; pay what you can. The menu in SAME Caf&eacute; suggests prices for certain meals, but they are simply that &ndash; suggestions. <strike>Examples included $5-$15 for a complete meal (which is cheap even on the high end) and around $3 - $6 for one course, such as soup. For those with enough money to pay a decent amount for their meal, it&rsquo;s a guideline. </strike>For starving musicians and artists, homeless people or anyone else down on their luck, the meal could cost a buck or even a few cents. </p> <p>If you have no money at all, no problem. You can work off your meal in the kitchen washing dishes, clearing tables, mopping floors, peeling vegetables, whatever you can do to pay back what you have just ate. It&rsquo;s the kind of payment plan that gives people a real sense of worth. It&rsquo;s not a soup kitchen, it&rsquo;s not charity, but it is the most flexible and humanitarian restaurant out there. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not only the concept that is fresh though. Brad and Libby Birky have put an emphasis on healthy food, like fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Many of the people who come in for a bite to eat at SAME Caf&eacute; haven&rsquo;t seen these items for a long time (and in this economy, a burger is cheaper than a handful of fresh broccoli). And although the menu changes daily, you are guaranteed two types of pizza, soup, salad and a homemade dessert. </p> <p>As you can imagine, Brad and Libby already know they won&rsquo;t exactly get rich with this kind of venture, but as their volunteering background suggests, they are in this for people ( to be exact, the beauty and grace of feeding people), not money. And the last I heard, they were applying for non-profit status. </p> <p>Brad has been quoted as saying &quot;everybody should be able to have a good, healthy meal, whether they can afford it or not.&quot; I tip my hat to you Brad, and your wife Libby. In times when capitalism is king, you have both risen above it to do something truly special and unique. </p> <p>For those of you in the Denver area, SAME Caf&eacute; is located at 2023 E. Colfax Ave., between Race and Vine streets. Opening hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Payment is cash or check, no credit cards.</p> <p>You can also check out their website: <a href="http://www.soallmayeat.org">http://www.soallmayeat.org</a></p> <p><em><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Brad Birky was kind enough to get in touch with me and point out a few changes to</em> <em>SAME Caf&eacute;. First, as you can see from the verbiage that's been crossed out, there are no longer suggestions for meal prices. Brad and Libby felt that the suggested prices put too much pressure on people to donate a particular amount. And second, </em><em>SAME Caf&eacute;</em> <em> now has offical not-for-profit (501c3) status, which is great news. </em><br /> &nbsp;</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-restaurant-where-you-pay-what-you-can-afford-for-the-meal">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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</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/trade-versus-localization">Trade versus localization</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/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</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/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Entrepreneurship Food and Drink Green Living charity dining Help homeless innovation working poor Tue, 26 May 2009 19:31:22 +0000 Paul Michael 3202 at http://www.wisebread.com Making a good and memorable first impression. http://www.wisebread.com/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/66529919_73969425a8.jpg" alt="hand shaking" title="hand shaking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a professional ad man, I'm ashamed to say that I'm really not good at advertising, well, me. That goes double in social situations. I never know where to stand, how to eat, how to engage people in an interesting way, even shaking hands never really seems to go as well as I'd hoped. And I am rotten at remembering names. In a world obsessed with first impressions, knowing just how to act can be your ticket to fortune and glory.</p> <p>At work, a good impression during a business meeting or luncheon can significantly turn the tide of a meeting. At a business function, new&nbsp; opportunities can be made, or lost, depending on how you act, speak or eat. Even during our social lives, great impressions can lead to great friendships. But regardless, there are certain skills we can all use to make that first impression both memorable and positive. Here are a few tips from the experts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/415262/how_to_give_your_business_card/ ">How to give your business card</a></p> <embed height="350" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/415262/how_to_give_your_business_card.swf"></embed> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-XQgcpW_-_1E/how_to_remember_peoples_names/ ">How to remember names</a></p> <embed height="350" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" wmode="transparent" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/yt-XQgcpW_-_1E/how_to_remember_peoples_names.swf"></embed> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/162265_behave-dining-five-star-restaurant.htm ">How to behave at a 5-star restaurant</a><br /> <object height="350" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1890308546&amp;flv=162265_behave-dining-five-star-restaurant" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1890308546&amp;flv=162265_behave-dining-five-star-restaurant" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/162258_dos-donts-communication.htm ">The DOs and DON'Ts of communication</a><br /> <object height="350" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1891684765&amp;flv=162258_dos-donts-communication" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1891684765&amp;flv=162258_dos-donts-communication" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/162260_handshaking-etiquette.htm ">Handshaking Etiquette</a><br /> <object height="424" width="491" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=224846437&amp;flv=162260_handshaking-etiquette" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=224846437&amp;flv=162260_handshaking-etiquette" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/161777_follow-housewarming-party-etiquette.htm ">Housewarming party etiquette</a><br /> <object height="424" width="491" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1889935031&amp;flv=161777_follow-housewarming-party-etiquette" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1889935031&amp;flv=161777_follow-housewarming-party-etiquette" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/158040_making-good-impression-interview.htm ">Making a good impression at an interview</a><br /> <object height="424" width="491" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1807450703&amp;flv=158040_making-good-impression-interview" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1807450703&amp;flv=158040_making-good-impression-interview" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/5467_dining-etiquette-eat-soup.htm ">How to eat soup</a><br /> <object height="424" width="491" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1806911156&amp;flv=30248_dining-etiquette-eat-soup" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1806911156&amp;flv=30248_dining-etiquette-eat-soup" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p><br /> <a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/154100_social-interaction-tips-formal-gatherings.htm">Tips for social interaction</a></p> <p><object height="424" width="491" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1807150593&amp;flv=154100_social-interaction-tips-formal-gatherings" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=-1807150593&amp;flv=154100_social-interaction-tips-formal-gatherings" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p>So there you are. A few handy &quot;how to&quot; videos to get you started on the road to that perfect first impressions. Set the bar high.</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">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-6"> <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-i-got-two-ceos-to-listen-to-my-complaints">How I got two CEOs to listen to my complaints</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/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</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/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</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/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/how-much-should-your-kids-know-about-your-finances">How Much Should Your Kids Know About Your Finances?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink General Tips Lifestyle business casual dining eating etiquette formal host party Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:05:27 +0000 Paul Michael 2760 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Nifty Tips for Getting the Most from an All-You-Can Eat Buffet http://www.wisebread.com/8-nifty-tips-for-getting-the-most-from-an-all-you-can-eat-buffet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-nifty-tips-for-getting-the-most-from-an-all-you-can-eat-buffet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/asian buffet.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="236" height="237" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Food can serve many purposes.<span>&nbsp; </span>For some it is merely for nourishment.<span>&nbsp; </span>For others it is a form of art or a means of entertainment.<span>&nbsp; </span>For still others, it fills an emotional need and could even be considered an addiction or vice.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>For the purpose of this article, I&rsquo;d like to point out that my advice is for the most basic of needs:<span>&nbsp; </span>good nutrition, a bit of indulgence, and a chance to fellowship with your family or friends with no dishes to clean up!<span>&nbsp; </span>Here are the 8 ways we make our dining dollars a great investment:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kids eat free (or almost free).</strong><span>&nbsp; </span>Yep, with four of them, it&rsquo;s important that we at least get a generous discount, if not a total write-off on the little darlings.<span>&nbsp; </span>In my area, Tuesday is usually the &ldquo;Kids Eat Free Day&rdquo; and requires that at least one adult purchase is made for every one (or even two) free kids&rsquo; meals.<span>&nbsp; </span>Be sure that if you are dining at a chain restaurant, you call ahead to see if they honor national promotions.<span>&nbsp; </span>We once went to a Golden Corral based on a commercial we saw, only to find they no longer participated in the Kid&rsquo;s Eat Free promotion.<span>&nbsp; </span>We started to walk, but the manager begged us back in &ndash; and comped the kids&rsquo; meals to boot.</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lunch is served</strong>.<span>&nbsp; </span>If at all possible, eat the lunch buffet.<span>&nbsp; </span>There is usually at least a $2-3 difference in the pricing of lunch and dinner, and usually the offerings are similar.<span>&nbsp; </span>In rare instance, an evening buffet may offer something special, like nicer steak, crab legs, or a themed dinner.<span>&nbsp; </span>Weigh your options to decide if this is worth it.<span>&nbsp; </span>I won&rsquo;t justify the extra for a cheap steak, but a couple of jumbo crab legs might seal the deal.</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Skip the beverage (or plan accordingly.) </strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Drinks can make an otherwise affordable buffet downright expensive.<span>&nbsp; </span>If drinks are included, go for it.<span>&nbsp; </span>If not, you may want to stick to water with lemon, or decide on only one drink.<span>&nbsp; </span>(Some places will let you get a soft drink with your meal and a coffee afterward, but may charge you for two drinks.)</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fill up on fresh.</strong><span>&nbsp; </span>I know that those hot wings are tasty, (and I&rsquo;m also digging the homemade mac and cheese), but the best way to get your money&rsquo;s worth on a buffet is to eat as fresh as possible.<span>&nbsp; </span>Melons, berries, broccoli, and avocados are yummy ways to eat healthy and increase the value of your buffet.<span>&nbsp; </span>Encourage kids to eat one full plate of fresh stuff before they even head toward the French fries and fried shrimp. (They will get loads of nutrients, and you can feel good knowing the extra cost gave them more than any Happy Meal could really provide.)</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Take your time.</strong><span>&nbsp; </span>Buffets are not a dine-and-dash type of atmosphere.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you are squeezing in your meal between two other pressing matters, pick another day to buffet.<span>&nbsp; </span>We like to take a weekday with nothing else to do, go early, and stay late.<span>&nbsp; </span>We snack, talk, and enjoy each other while sampling all kinds of new foods.<span>&nbsp; </span>If we do it right, we can have a lunch/dinner combo that knocks out two meals in one.<span>&nbsp; </span>(Leaving by 4:30, so as not to get charged for dinner, too!)<span>&nbsp; </span>We think of it as the same concept as a brunch, but with the two later meals combined.<span>&nbsp; </span>(And if kids get hungry at home later, we snack on yogurt and granola, or another kind of light breakfast food before retiring for the evening.)</p> <p><strong>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Know what&rsquo;s safe</strong>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Even the most talked-about buffets can be a health risk.<span>&nbsp; </span>Be aware of your surroundings, and watch for common food safety issues that may make you sick later. <span>&nbsp;</span>Look for foods that are fairly popular, get switched out often, and appear fresh.<span>&nbsp; </span>If anything doesn&rsquo;t look right, please don&rsquo;t eat it!<span>&nbsp; </span>(And let a manager know of your findings.)<span>&nbsp; </span>Raw fishes should be approached with caution, and any salad made with mayonnaise should be eyed carefully. (It&rsquo;s a bad idea to go for that tuna salad with the orangish-looking crust on top.)</p> <p><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Explore your options</strong>.<span>&nbsp; </span>There are many types of buffets that appeal to our family.<span>&nbsp; </span>We like Chinese, American, and Italian the best.<span>&nbsp; </span>(In areas that offer more diverse options, I&rsquo;m sure there are many more kinds to choose from.)<span>&nbsp; </span>Encourage your family to try new things while at the buffet (after all, if they don&rsquo;t like their first choice, they can just try another dish &ndash; and you won&rsquo;t be out any more.)</p> <p><strong>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Be courteous.</strong><span>&nbsp; </span>While buffets are great for saving money, they also seem to attract dining dunces that have little to no common sense or courtesy.<span>&nbsp; </span>While most all of you will know these, I feel they are at least worth saying:</p> <ul> <li>Just because it is a buffet, doesn&rsquo;t mean you don&rsquo;t have to tip (even if they only pick up your plates, they deserve the minimum for your region.)<span>&nbsp; </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Don&rsquo;t take more than you can eat at one time (wasting food is a no-no, no matter where you are at.)<span>&nbsp; </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Don&rsquo;t let little kids get their own food (most places have a 10 years or older policy for the buffet line.)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Clean up after yourself.<span>&nbsp; </span>It&rsquo;s a restaurant, not an abandoned lot.<span>&nbsp; </span>Pick your trash up off the floor, and try to make the server&rsquo;s job at least tolerable.<span>&nbsp; </span>They work hard, too. </li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">We look forward to our monthly outings to a buffet-style restaurant.<span>&nbsp; </span>When a family of 6 can eat well for under $20 -- that&rsquo;s a great deal!<span>&nbsp; </span>And with a wide variety of dining options, buffets can fit any style or budget.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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