Let’s face it, girls. There are just some nights when cooking is one more chore we can’t handle. However, if you have a big family, eating out can run up gigantic costs. One of the things I teach here at Crabby Housewife is that there is almost always a way to save money.
Carry-Out Dining Savings Steps
- 1. Pay attention to any advertised deals. For example, I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for the Big Box pizza at Pizza Hut. For $19.99, you get two medium sized pan pizzas, wings and breadsticks. Not a bad deal.
- Make the drinks at home. Adding a 2-liter of coke at most pizza establishments will run you $3.00 or so. Either purchase off-brand 2-liters for about .99 each or make up a big batch of lemonade or sweet tea.
- Find out if you can order online. Many pizza places, especially national chains like Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Dominoes, allow customers to place orders online. There are sometimes incentives for your first order, such as a free order of breadsticks, dessert pizza or other goodies.
- Seek out discount codes. Tonight, when I ordered the Big Box from Pizza Hut, I searched Coupon Codes Blog Spot for codes. There are many different codes you can try, such as RetailMeNot or CouponMountain. Tonight, I found $5 off at the first site I visited and used the code: IX. This gave me another $5 off the already good deal of $19.99. My grand total, after adding .79 for cheese sauce for one of my daughters was only $16.88 (tax included). This was a great deal for my family and probably about what I’d spend on a cooked meal. Of course, it wasn’t the healthiest meal in the world, but neither was it the worst.
Sign up for e-mail and text message lists for updates on the latest deals and additional coupon codes and be willing to shop around from pizza place to pizza place. If you can’t locate a great deal, Little Caesar’s offers large pizzas (one topping) for only $6 each and Sam’s Club has large pizzas for around $8 (cooked or uncooked). There is always a deal to be found, if you’re willing to spend a few minutes searching. It took me only five minutes to save $5 today. That’s a pretty good return on my time investment.