Posted By Paul
My wife and I are continuing our experiments to save money and we have been employing a strategy that is really working for us.
As with many people, eating out is a significant optional expense (especially if it gets out of hand), so my wife and I have been watching it closely.
One thing we did this weekend was that instead of our "usual" breakfast restaurant we went and had bagels and coffee at a bakery. It was still fun, we got out of the house and enjoyed a breakfast together as a family, but at a fraction of the cost. We made up for our light breakfast with an early lunch.
It was even better for our little one because we didn't have to wait for a table (our favorite dinner haunt gets crowded on the weekends) and it only took a moment to toast up a bagel so he only had to wait a couple of minutes for food.
We're looking for other ways to replace "eating out" with "snacking out" as a way to save money while still enjoying the experience of going out.