By Amanda French (www.anoseforfood.com)
There are plenty of special offers at restaurants available for those almost reaching retirement age and over that means you can dine out in style.
Over 50? Then sign up for the free Diamond Card (www.diamondclubcard.co.uk) which offers special discounts at over 100 pubs and carveries across the UK.
Look for great deals, which are often available only during the day, when most people are working. You’ll find early bird dining offers at most restaurants or set menus before a certain time of the day. Even dining Monday to Thursday will save pounds ahead of primetime dining.
There’s plenty of great dining out offers available online. PizzaExpress (www.pizzaexpress.com) often has vouchers available for 2 for 1 dining and is a great place to take the grandchildren, while signing up to Frankie and Benny’s Rewards (www.frankieandbennys.com/fb-rewards) scheme, for free, will give you £10 off your food bill when you join.
Visit a Slug and Lettuce (www.slugandlettuce.co.uk) on a Monday and receive 50% off, no booking or vouchers required. Register online with Loch Fyne (www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk) and receive £10 off a £30 meal when dining Sunday to Thursday. There’s plenty of on-going and new offers on high street restaurants, bars and even cafes, so keep an eye open.
Another way to receive discounts on dining is to register with offers websites. Sign up to websites such as Bookatable (www.bookatable.co.uk) for special meal offers, sometimes as low as £10 per meal. Look for offers which can be bought and booked in advance on Groupon (www.groupon.co.uk) to save up to 70% on regular prices and sign up for email newsletters from your favourite restaurants to be in ‘the know’ when it comes up deals and offers.
With planning, you can make your budget stretch further and enjoy dining out regularly without worrying about the cost.