3 Frugal Tips for Foodies Who Love Eating Out
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My husband is a foodie. Where women have an addiction to Pinterest, he has an addiction to looking at recipes and unique restaurant menus online.
I admit, his cooking skills are probably the #1 reason I married him aside from his charm and good looks of course. I plan to teach my daughter this very important lesson as well. Marry a man who knows and loves food and you can get away with barely making dinner for the rest of your life. 🙂
Of course, eating out and trying new food can get pretty expensive. Foodies love to experiment with strange things they find at the grocery store. They also love to seek out random, highly expensive restaurants that one of their famed food bloggers recommended.
So, how do you indulge foodie tendencies without breaking the bank? How do you let them pick up that weird vegetable at the store without obsessing about the strain it puts on your budget? How do you support their desire to try out that new exotic restaurant when you really just want to stay home?
Well, from someone who has been with an extreme foodie for almost 10 years, here are some ideas:
1. Go to Restaurant Weeks
It’s almost restaurant week in NYC, and I can promise you my husband has already read through the menu of every restaurant that’s participating. Restaurant week allows you to try out high end places at a very reduced cost. We could go to Delmonico for $38 he tells me, eyes glimmering with the thought of steak.
They often have special menus with a few different, lower cost options. We went to restaurant week when we lived in Richmond too, so I know a few cities have them. Check with your city’s main tourist website to see if a place near you is participating.
2. Treat your foodie to Lunch
There is an absolutely amazing restaurant in New Orleans that my husband has wanted to try for years called Augusts. Last Christmas, we stopped in there for lunch. Although dinner there will cost you $300, a three course lunch on Friday will run you about $20 a person for the same food (but you have to make your reservation way in advance. Check it out if you’re going to FinCon.) Plus in New Orleans, no one feels weird about ordering drinks at lunch. It’s actually expected so you can definitely create the dinner vibe for a much lower price.
3. Look for Groupons
Foodies tend to like really interesting cuisine. For example, after my husband spent a summer in India, he’ll do anything to have an Indian dinner. Of course, I had an unfortunate experience with Indian food coming out of my nose during the first trimester of my pregnancy, so I don’t want to eat Indian food ever again for as long as I live (it burns, man!) So, I encourage him to look for Groupons for Indian restaurants where he can pop in for a lunch without me and without spending too much of our hard earned cash.
If you have a foodie in your family, how do you encourage all of their food lovin’ without breaking your budget? Are you adventurous when it comes to food or do you have a more limited range of personal favorites that you prefer to stick to?