…If only you knew.
Singapore’s dining scene is every food lover’s dream.
Not so much for said food lover’s wallet, though. Dining out can be expensive, but before you resign to filling your tummy at the expense of emptying your wallet, steal these tips to eat your way through Singapore on a budget.
If you’re dining with a group, offer to make the reservation. Use a service like Chope, which awards you with points every time you make and fulfill a reservation at their partner restaurants. You can trade these points for vouchers, which saves you at least $10 off your next meal.
NEXT: Use food discount apps →
The easiest way to score a deal is by downloading dining discount apps like Sugar, The Entertainer, and Eatigo. When you dine at their partner restaurants, you score discounts or one-for-one deals. It’s also a great way to discover restaurants and cafes you wouldn’t otherwise have went to!
NEXT: And check your credit card for dining deals →
You don’t have to own a dining credit card to save money on restaurant meals. All major card providers have their own dining programmes, which offers promotions and discounts at higher-end restaurants, hotel buffets, and trendy bars especially.
NEXT: Don’t take “special menu” promos →
Would you have gotten 5 courses if not for the special set menu, or is a smaller selection off the a la carte menu enough to fill you? Furthermore, a high chance that leftovers or unpopular items are being pushed to you this way.
NEXT: Appetisers are awesome! →
These days, restaurant appetisers are bigger, and often tastier (it’s a culinary truth – appetisers are meant to be heavier on flavour to raise your appetite). You can also consider ordering a series of appetisers, if you are peckish but not starving. In mid-level cafes, this will normally fill you while saving a few dollars.
NEXT: Make it a lunch →
If it’s the experience of dining out that you crave, you can enjoy it much more cheaply at lunchtime, where many restaurants do lunch menus – with the exact same dishes at dinner! – for cheaper. Or, some restaurants extend their lunch hours through to late afternoon, so go for linner (or dunch?) if you’d rather.
NEXT: Buy wine by the bottle, or not at all →
The mark-up on a per-glass basis is huge – buying a bottle can shave almost 10 to 15% off the price. If your intent is to just have one or two glasses of wine, skip it and order another beverage.
NEXT: Or skip beverages altogether →
Non-alcoholic drinks make as little financial sense. They’re a huge source of profit for restaurants, with tea, soda, and juice often marked up by 70% to 80%.
NEXT: Use a cashback credit card for dining →
Some credit cards offer you cashback when paying for dining. The catch is that you have to spend a certain amount each month before you can claim the cashback, but if you dine out regularly or are dining out in a group (offer to pay first!), it won’t be a problem at all.
NEXT: Offer to make the reservation →
Adapted from SingSaver, last updated January 2018
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