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Friday: Order Wisely
You've heard you shouldn't go grocery shopping when you're famished—and it turns out that advice applies to dining out, too. Aaron Allen, a restaurant consultant who has advised clients including The Cheesecake Factory and TGI Fridays, says overordering is a common mistake among the ravenous. Appetizers are some of the most high-margin items on the menu. Two ways to avoid this pitfall: Have a small snack before you leave home, or split a starter, which will leave you plenty of room for your entrée (and save you some money, too). Cut $5 to $10 (or more) from your bill by completely skipping that section of the menu.
— Lynn Andriani