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Eating out on a shoestring

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Eating out on a Shoe String
There was a time when I avoided all restaurants because I did not know what I would have to deal with inside. I did not want to face the drama of kids that were disappointed, and I had no budget for eating out. Without a clue on what I would face, I stayed home and ate my own food. Slowly, I've figured out a few great places that I visit over and over.
Rules for eating out:
1. Know your budget-Decide on how much you can spend before you walk in. Stick to your budget as closely as possible.
2. Make it a game: Try to find the best meal at the lowest price on the menu. I'm surprised at what great offerings there can be!
3. Look for the deals and the coupons and make them work for you.
4. Eating out with kids? Hand them their money before walking in. Ask for separate checks, and let them do their own math. Let them keep the change after they leave a tip.

Olive Garden:
Lunch/Early Dinner 2 people: $20
Before 4 pm, get the Unlimited Soup and Salad Special for $6.95 per person. Add a desert, and you are set. This is the best deal ever!

Pegs in Woodstock, NH
Breakfast for 2: $20
My choice: Veggie omlett and coffee
Pegs is a great breakfast spot. It is clean, with consistently good food.
Location: Main St Woodstock in the center of everything that Woodstock has to offer.
Pegs has been in business for 30 years.

Pizza Barn in Ossipee, NH
1860 RT 16 Center Ossipee PizzaBarnNH.com
Lunch for 3: $25 with tip.
The Pizza Barn has been in business for 42 years. It is a large restaurant, with lots of room for kids and groups. We ordered the 12” taco pizza, and could not finish it. It was fantastic!
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