Taking your friends or family out to dinner can get pretty expensive, pretty fast. Heading out is suppose to be a fun time - the last thing you want to think about is how much money you're spending.

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With the holidays fast approaching, you may be having your friends or family in town. While you're showing them all Central New York has to offer, you'll probably want to take them out to eat at some of the local restaurants. Here's 3 easy ways to save some cash while dining out, without skimping on the experience.

1 - Groupon

If you've never used Groupon, you need to get on that! Not only does it have deals on hotel rooms, electronics, and such, but it also has deals when it comes to dining out. A lot of times, you can get gift cards or certificates for restaurants at a fraction of the price. It's worth looking into for the chance to save a few bucks.

2 - Don't Go Out For Dinner

Why go out if you're not going out for dinner? Well, dinner prices are always more money than if you head out during lunch or just after. If you're dining out with friends and family, get together for a big lunch, and maybe come back home for a light dinner (or even have your leftovers from lunch).

3 - Ask About Daily Specials

Be honest - how often to do you actually ask your server what their specials are? Most people don't ask, and don't pay attention. But the daily specials at restaurants are usually a lot cheaper than the regular meal. Make sure you ask about the specials first off - if it's something you like, or could want, you could save quite a few dollars on your dining trip.

You can always search out the restaurant you're going to online, as well. You never know what kind of deals they're offering, or what kind of deals other sites may have for that specific restaurant. Just like anything else in life, you should do some research before heading out - you could save a lot of money.




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