How to Eat Out on a Budget


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It’s no lie, I love getting out of the house to eat. I’m sure you’d agree that there’s nothing better than to have someone else serve you, cook for you and do the dishes! I also love getting out as a family and having a bit of fun, it’s what creates memories.  But, and there’s always the dreaded but, eating out can end up being quite expensive and this is one of the main reasons I’m sure a lot of people (including us) don’t do it as often as they’d like.

Here’s a little secret….there is a way to eat out on a budget, actually, a number of ways!

Yep, that’s right, and one of the first ways on my list is to become a coupon queen, a docket diva!

Don’t throw away your long grocery receipts, keep those suckers, check out the back of them for great deals, cut them up and keep them! If you’re not happy with what you see, check out shop-a-docket’s website for offers in your area and then print them off!

And when I talk about eating out, I’m not talking Maccas, although there are McDonald’s’ offers on there if you wish, I’m talking family restaurants like this one we visited.

shopadocket hogs breath
This great deal actually made us get out of the house for a nice weekend lunch, it was too good a deal not to.

Check out the fun we had (and the massive delicious meals) at Hogs Breath Cafe with our Shop A Docket Deal. But do beware, there’s a bit of ‘crazy Eva’ in there as well as an awkward Eva trying to discreetly talk to the camera while eating in a restaurant. Yeah, I was one of ‘those’ people photographing my food!



Other tips for eating out on a budget:

  1. Try splitting your meals. If you all like the same type of food try ordering one of each and share. This also limits a lot of food waste.
  2. Ask about the portion sizes before you order, sometimes you might find that you don’t need to order as much as you think.
  3. Visit restaurants where kids can eat for free!
  4. Try eating out at lunch time, prices are usually cheaper for lunch than at night.
  5. Opt to ‘eat out’ mid-week as restaurants often have deals to get more customers through the door during the week.
  6. Like to eat dinner a little earlier? Visit restaurants that offer an ‘early bird’ menu.
  7. If you like the odd glass of wine with your meal, why not either opt for a BYO venue or drink water with your meal and enjoy your wine when you get home!

What are your tips to eating out on a budget? And what great deals have you scored with shop a docket lately?


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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. July 20, 2015 / 6:26 am

    That steak looked delicious! Sounds like a bargain too. (p.s. love the video – nice to “see” you). Have a good week.

  2. July 20, 2015 / 6:36 am

    I’m a big fan of vouchers – it just makes sense to me (my partner hates it tho!) Anything you save can be spent elsewhere!

  3. July 20, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Gotta love Hoggies.. And coupons. I’m a big fan of coupons too. Hubby hates looking like a tight-ass but anything that saves some dollars is awesome. He doesn’t hesitate with the woolies booze discounts though lol

    • July 22, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      LOL! Love the woolies booze discount…that would have to be more ‘tigh-ass’ish’ than using one at a cafe!

  4. July 20, 2015 / 8:30 am

    I’ve got a special little tin with all our coupons in – I just always forget to take them with us when we go out!

  5. July 20, 2015 / 8:42 am

    These are such great tips Eva! I was just saying the other day how expensive it can be to eat out now!! Perfect timing!

  6. July 20, 2015 / 10:29 am

    These are great tips. I don’t always remember to check those shop-a-docket things. Note to self: check dockets. We often share meals when we eat out because a lot of places give you gigantic servings and the kids end up wasting food anyway.

    • July 22, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      It is quite easy to forget. I now have a drawer stuffed full of my dockets and so every time we plan to go somewhere, I always check them. There’s a Shop-a-docket app too, so you don’t have to always check your dockets!

  7. July 20, 2015 / 11:03 am

    What a blast from my past..we used shopper dockets to go out to the good old Black Stump restaurants for years when our adult kids were teens and my late mum used to save hers up too. We don’t got out for meals much any more but I do still take a peak at them from time to time. Cheers, Denyse

  8. July 20, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Great tips. It’s super expensive to eat out as a family here in Perth, so we are always looking for vouchers or special offers to make it more affordable.

  9. July 20, 2015 / 11:47 am

    Awesome tips Eva! We eat out maybe once a month as a family activity and we do some of the things you suggested. Good thing I like cooking!

  10. July 20, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    This is great! Hoggies is a favourite of ours too = especially Monday and Tuesday nights when kids eat free!

  11. July 24, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Great reminder about the coupons. I always check the bottom for what special is offered but forget about the back. Maybe we can go out for a family meal this weekend now – thanks for the tip.

  12. July 24, 2015 / 11:27 am

    I love a good discount voucher. I never seem to have one when I need it though. I recently checked the shop a docket website when we visited another city for a hoggies voucher and couldn’t find one. Maybe they didn’t have one on offer for that area – or I was just using it wrong. Sigh. Thought I was being very clever …

  13. July 24, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    I usually do my shopping online so I miss out on the dockets 🙁 But your other tips are great – must try to get out for dinner again soon.

  14. July 25, 2015 / 10:42 am

    It’s always so expensive when we all eat out. There are 6 of us and 4 of us now eat as adults. They younger two are sometimes able to share a meal though. Unfortunately our favourite restaurant doesn’t take dockets….