We love to go out to eat. Probably just like you, we are always searching for a unique restaurant to go on a “date night”.
Unfortunately, going out to eat comes in direct conflict with two of our current goals – losing weight and saving money.
I know everyone is looking to get a great deal, and when you go out to eat, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. But have you really stopped to look at how much food you are served when you go out to eat? It’s not uncommon to find yourself looking at a 3,000 calorie meal. Let’s face it, that’s way too much food.
If you are trying to lose weight, you will have a hard time finding a restaurant where you don’t find yourself looking at the delicious meals everyone else is getting only to look down at your sparsely filled plate of broccoli and parsley.
Wow – then you get the bill. When did it become so expensive to go out for dinner with friends? You find yourself thinking, “hmmm . . . maybe I shouldn’t get a second drink from the bar – they are $10 or more each.”
I think I may have found the answer. We have started sharing meals when we go out on our dinner date. You may be thinking one of three things:
– They are going to charge me extra for the empty plate. Yeah, they might – but I bet it will be less than the cost of a full meal.
– I feel bad for the server. After all, they are depending upon a decent tip for this table during the dinner hour and a smaller check means a smaller tip. Does it? You can decide what the right amount is and if you want to give a nice tip based upon what the bill would have been by ordering two meals, go ahead. You will still come out spending less money overall.
– We don’t like to eat the same things. Well, suck it up buttercup. Looks like you’ll need to find a compromise with your dinner companion if you want to get serious about losing weight and saving money.
On the other hand, you could just order that plate of broccoli and parsley.