We have a family of five, so taking our three children out to any casual fare restaurant can easily run $100 when you add in drinks, a family appetizer, and a main meal for everybody. We like to eat well as a family and we also like to save money. Anytime that we learn something about a new restaurant where our kids can eat FREE, we look to take advantage of it any opportunity that we can. Here are three ideas that you should learn about kids eating FREE that can add money to your bottom line.
1) Download A Money Saving Application– One of the applications that I have on my i-pad is the Kids Eat For app. This app will find nearby kids eat free and kids eat cheap deals at restaurants. Simply download the app and plug in your city. You’ll quickly see restaurants offering deals on kids meals as well as offers and reviews from Yelp. You’ll also be able to see the kids menu if you’d like to preview the tasty bites before you head out to the restaurant. You can also try Kids Eats Free app or Kids Meal Deals for other money saving opportunities by downloading an app on your phone or tablet.
2) Pick The Right Night Of The Week– We all know that our kids schedules can make weeknights and weekends extremely hectic. It can leave little time for making a home cooked meal. If you have to eat out, it’s important to know where you can get a good meal but have your kids eat for FREE. At Bone Lick BBQ (www.bonelickbarbecue.com) kids 10 and under can eat free Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. How about the Hudson Grille (www.hudsongrille.com) where kids under 12 eat FREE every night of the week. At the Vinings location of South City Kitchen (www.southcitykitchen.com) kids can eat FREE Sunday through Thursday night from 5 to 6 p.m..
3) Hit The Web or Hit The Phones– I haven’t found most of the online kids eat FREE websites to be very helpful when doing a quick search. One of the better websites is www.kidseat4free.com which can bring up a very quick list of restaurants where kids eat FREE within your local area. However, the selection isn’t very large and predominately these websites have fast food restaurants listed. What can be a better strategy is to pick up the phone or talk to the local neighborhood joint where you live and ask the owner or manager if there is a kids eat FREE night. Often, there can be specials or deals that aren’t advertised on the internet. You might even find something on the Facebook page for the restaurant.
Who doesn’t love to save some money while also being able to enjoy a nice meal out? Use some of these money saving tips to save on your bottom line! Have you found a great place in Atlanta where kids can dine for FREE?
Ted Jenkin, CFP® is co-CEO of oXYGen Financial and is a top ranked personal finance blogger (www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com). He is a regular contributor to Investment News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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