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Dine out for less

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Find the cheapest eateries
A bit of research into where to eat goes a long way...

Take a look at this list of 50 suggestions from the Independent and these award winners from the Observer. If you’re in London, check out Time Out’s cheap eats.

Hunt out restaurant deals
Certain websites have set up deals with hundreds of UK restaurants, so you can grab special offers and big price reductions when you book through them.

If you want to treat yourself to a meal out, use TopTable, 5pm or Skiddle to find money-saving meal deals.

Similarly, many restaurants are offering two-for-one vouchers right now. Check out our weekly Frugal Food round-up to find out more.

Join a discount club
If you eat out a lot, there are a few memberships clubs worth considering. There's the Gourmet Society, where for an annual membership of £69.95 you can get two-for-one meals or 25% off the bill at over 5,000 restaurants around the UK.

Then there's tastecard, which has expanded from just tastelondon to offer 50% off at over 5,500 restaurants across the UK. What’s more, if you use this free membership link, you can sign up to a free one-month trial so you can try before you buy. Full annual membership costs £79.95.

Meanwhile, the Hi-Life Diners Club offers two-for-one meals at over 3,500 restaurants in the UK and Ireland. It costs £49.95 a year.

The Gastro Card costs £30 but doesn't have anywhere near the same number of places on its books. However, if you live in the West Midlands it might be worth a look as that's where its greatest concentration of restaurants are located.

With all the membership clubs, make sure you've checked any restrictions on using your discount card, such as it not being valid on weekends, before you arrive at the restaurant.

Hunt out the happy hour
If you're looking for a cheap pre- or post-dinner drink, take advantage of any happy hours you come across!

Use these happy hours to get pitchers of cocktails and/or wine and making them last for the rest of the evening.

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