With the high price of dining out these days, a lot of us are spending more time cooking and eating our meals in the comfort of our own homes.
The price of food has skyrocketed since the pandemic, and trips to the grocery store ain’t cheap. Trust me, sticker shock is a real thing.
I am a bargain hunter with almost everything I buy. I compare brands, sizes of cans and packages, and make smart choices so I can get the biggest bang for my buck.
I look for sales on items we absolutely need to live a semi comfortable existence.
I download digital coupons from the grocery store app.
I hit the discount refrigerators located by the registers at the grocery store.
To be completely transparent, I was always this way. We grew up in a single parent household with very little money, so it’s always been my nature to look for ways to save money.
I guess you can say, my life experience prepared me way before the recent increase in food prices.
Eating at home is nice, but there are times you need to get out of the house for a date night with your beloved, or a night out with friends.
With the price of dining out, there are ways to manage keeping the dinner bill at a reasonable level.
If you apply some of the savings methods I mentioned above, you’ll be able to afford to eat out once or twice a month, or maybe even more.
The best way to save a few bucks, is to go the BYOB route. That’s right, bring your own booze.
Have you ever looked at your restaurant bill and noticed the cocktails are nearly as much as the food?
A decent bottle of wine can be purchased for $15 at your local liquor store.
I’ve dined with friends who have shown up to dinner with bottles of vodka, cocktail shakers, and olives at BYOB restaurants.
We were our own bartenders and the bill wound up being a fraction of the cost of a restaurant with bar service.
It’s time to check out some really good restaurants in Ocean County that are BYOB