RGU Student on a Budget: Eating out

I love food. As a student I think there’s this misconception that we can’t afford to do anything fun and our only indulgence is an upgrade from Asda’s own brand beans to Heinz. But that’s just not the case. I’m about to share with you some of my top five tips for eating out on a budget. If you’re clever about it, it really doesn’t have to be all that expensive and you’ll never pay full price for a meal again!

Use deals and coupons
First point of call should always be Groupon and Itison. These sites are full of discounted meal options and at any given time you can pick from a variety of cuisines. The deals often come in meals for two with some offering over 50% off standard price.

Go off-peak
Often bars and restaurants offer special deals for days when they’re less busy. Chances are if you go for a meal at the weekend the rate is going to be pretty high, but go midweek? Some places will practically be begging for your custom.

Use your student card
It seems like an obvious one but you’d be surprised how many people forget to make the most of their student cards. Just because student discount isn’t advertised doesn’t mean it isn’t provided. There is no harm in asking, even if the answer is no!

Book in advance
The website 5pm offers a brilliant little service to people who book their meals in advance for a range of local eateries. Just pick your city, date and time and you’ll be provided with special offers for that day providing you book through 5pm.

Play to win
Okay so this one is hardly Michelin Star, however unlike all the rest it’s completely free and you could win yourself some cash too! It’s pretty standard procedure for places hosting pub quizzes to offer free pizza or some other pub food to all participants. Make sure to enquire first though to avoid disappointment.

Do you use any of the tips I’ve mentioned? Or do you think there’s any I’ve missed out?

I’m always on the hunt for the next bargain so if you have any tips for eating out on a budget please share them below!

 

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