Financial Tips #6: Half Portions Are Your Friend

Usually when you’re on a budget crunch one of the first things you cut back on is eating out. It’s definitely a great way to spend less money. However, there are times that you do have to go out to eat whether it be for a special occasion or to reward yourself for a big milestone in your life. One easy way to stretch your dollar further is to either order just a half portion or box up half of the order.

Most restaurants serve a pretty big portion whenever you order a Steak, Seafood, or Pasta dish. I’ve gone to Olive Garden, Logan’s Roadhouse and other places that have huge portions. Considering most meals at these places cost around $10-$15 + tips + a drink, you can quickly see that it’s a pretty pricey ordeal to eat out. Why not box up half your meal and save it for another time? In this way you can at least get 2 meals out of the $10-$15 you spent, making the investment in eating out a more justifiable one. Another added benefit is the fact that half a portion is a lot healthier for you and prevents you from stuffing down a big meal.

So next time you’re eating out and you want to save a bit of money and watch your calorie count.. try boxing up half your meal or ordering a half portion. Your wallet and stomach will both thank you.

-The Lermz

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The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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