Now that our kids are teenagers, going out to dinner can seriously cost us an arm and a leg. In order to be able to afford this luxury once in a while, we have had to come up with some pretty creative ways to save. A favorite spot for our family on a Sunday afternoon after church is our local Steak & Shake. The meals are decent, the $4.00 meal prices can’t be beat, and we often find coupons in the Sunday paper or in the mail flyers that are delivered to the house. What we realized is that if we combine some coupons, we cannot only afford to eat there, but it’s often cheaper than if we were to buy food to make lunch at home.
Our teenagers are old enough now that several of them have checking accounts of their own. Because of this, we utilize them in our evil plot to save money in eating out at Steak & Shake. There are six of us in our family, making buy-one-get-one coupons a hot commodity. We divide ourselves into three separate checks when we order, each using a buy-one-get-one coupon. This allows us to order for six, but ideally only pay for three. If we all vote to drink water, we can get out the door with a tab of less than $15.00 to $20.00. There’s just not much you can make your family of six at home these days for less than $15.00 that isn’t a hotdog or a grilled cheese sandwich.
In an economy facing some difficult times, our family gives kudos to businesses like Steak & Shake that still pack out the coupons so that we can enjoy a little family lunch date together. In this case, a little creative couponing can not only go a long way, but it can feed our family and keep us on our budget all at the same time.