If you have been eating at home lately to save money you might find some of the deals that local restaurants are offering intriguing.
Dave Kassera the manager at Good Pastures restaurant says they are offering different deals to get more diners, “we're trying to offer a nice, inexpensive way for people to come in and enjoy a little something. We've got a couple new breakfast sandwiches and we also do a four eyes manager special for under $5.00.”
Talley's restaurant on Main St. offers monthly and daily specials and recently they have lowered their prices a bit to get you to eat out. But owners say Talley's has always been a good deal, “We’re just tryin’ to do the same thing we've always done and give good value for the money and good service and do the best we can.”
If you do want to eat out but don't have a lot of money to spend, bring a friend and split the meal with them. At places such as Talley’s where portions are big it is a good idea to share, “We're known for big portions so a lot of people split orders so that gives them a little value too.”
Local mom and savvy spender Tracy Varra says no matter what deal a restaurant is offering, she still brings a coupon with her, “Every Sunday I look in the paper for coupons. Just look for those and go to the restaurants that you have a coupon for.”
When Varra can't find a coupon she feeds her family at home but gets creative, “We saw a commercial for The Olive Garden and my daughter was craving chicken scampi so instead of going to the restaurant I said let's just Google it and make it ourselves. So we did that and it tasted just like the restaurant.”
If you're culinary skills aren't as sharp as Tracy and you want to start eating out more just do your research to get the best deal you can. If you do your homework there are deals to be had when it comes to dining out if the deal isn't obvious don't be afraid to ask a server what lower price options they have.