Appendix 3: Restaurants Checklist

STRATEGY NO. 1: CUT VISITS
[GIVEN REASONS FOR DINING OUT]

  socializing
[try dinner parties, pot lucks, pizza delivery, take out, happy hours, coffee shops, brownbag]

  convenience
[try bulk cooking, grilling, slow cooker, brown-bagging, grocery, deli]

  hunger
[try stashing food caches in desk at work or in car]

  specialized cuisines
[cook it yourself, try pre-packaged versions]

  atmosphere
[visit bar instead]

  pampering
[trade off meals, cook in bulk]

  habit
[try internet recipe nights]

  novelty
[eat in different rooms, in backyard]

STRATEGY NO. 2: CUT VISITS
[GIVEN ALTERNATIVES]

  deliveries

  take out
[try grocer’s delis, rotisserie chicken]

  food caches
[stock desk drawers, cars, purses]

  bulk cooking
[cook big on weekends for next week’s meals]

  grilling

  slow cooker meals
[load up in a.m., ready when you return home]

  coffee shops
[socialize here, not at bars and eateries]

  picnics
[make lunch dates for parks]

  happy hours
[Happy-Hour.com]

  bar hopping

  dinner parties

  pot lucks

  progressive dinners

  brownbag lunches

  home cooking

STRATEGY NO. 3: SPEND LESS AT RESTAURANTS

  match venues to occasions
[cut upscale dining]

  choose value alternatives

  get free kids meals
[MyKidsEatFree.com]

  visit diners without waiters

  eat off-peak

  seek diner discounts

  buy discounted gift certificates
[Costco, Restaurant.com]

  visit daily-deal sites

  use entertainment books

  use group discounts

  skip items
[drinks, salads, sides, desserts]

  eat bread to save bread

  share items

  eat appetizers only

  eat at the bar

  use doggie bags

  know my plastic rewards

  limit sales taxes

  tip fair
[15-20%]

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