Dining out can be pretty pricey, so here are a few ways to make it a bit more affordable. Use coupons. Before you head out to your favorite restaurant, take a few minutes to see if you can find a coupon. Do a Google search. For example, if you’re planning to dine out at T.G.I. Fridays, search for “T.G.I. Friday’s coupons.” You might be surprised what pops up. Check the local visitors guide (on some newsstands and at the tourism office) for restaurant coupons. A lot of restaurants offer exclusive coupons and discounts to people who sign up for their e-mail clubs or “like” them on Facebook. Some also offer coupons on their websites. Start with the restaurant’s website, then look for an e-mail club sign-up and a Facebook link. If you have kids, look for restaurants that offer free kids’ meals. Out to Eat with Kids is a great resource for finding “kids eat free” deals. If you’re not picky about what day of the week you eat out, you’ll have the most options to choose from on Tuesdays. Check for discounted dining certificates at Restaurant.com. The regular price is $10 for a dining certificate worth $25. But you rarely need to pay regular price, because those certificate are often on sale for 50% off (or $5). Make sure you read the fine print, because most restaurants have some restrictions on how you can use the certificates. If you dine out a lot, you can earn FREE meals through membership in Open Table.