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Sometimes cooking a meal just isn’t in your daily plans whether it be work, kids’ activities, traffic, or you’re just having a bad day. For me, it's usually the later, or I just don't feel like cooking because, that takes too much work after working all day.
Typically we tend to go out to eat to ease the remainder of the day, but dining out can be expensive especially if you do it more than once a week. Which is why we either go out just once a month, or we utilize other savings methods.
You should definitely double check with the restaurants prior to taking advantage of their promotions as most national chains have franchises and independently owned locations. Independently owned locations typically do not have to participate in the franchises deals.
Restaurants also change their deals on a dime as well.
Restaurants that kids eat free at usually have a set day. Some are Tuesdays, others might be on a Wednesday, while some are everyday between certain times, like IHOP.
Speaking of IHOP remember when they change their name to IHOB? EVERYONE was freaking out that they were going to permanently change their name. Other restaurants were following suit just to ruffle even more feathers. I took Twitter by storm.
I love that companies these days are really embracing the family sit down and eating for dinner again. Since we've moved into our home, we eat at the kitchen table about 98% of time. In the rare occasion that we don't, it's because we've ordered pizza and check out the latest movie on Amazon Prime, or we'll pull out the dvd's and go “old school”. So when we go out to eat, we really do prefer the same type of style of eating. Sit down at a table or booth, relax, talk about our day, what's going on in our lives, and maybe even the plans for the weekend.
If you are looking to go out to eat and you have a child under 12, you'll need to check out The Traveling Parent‘s info-graphic of over 150 Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap.