Beat the System: What a Difference a Drink Makes

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If you’re looking to save a little money on your restaurant bill, the first place you should start is your drink.

Let’s say you and a friend go out to lunch and spend $20 on food. Both of you drink water. You like the service and tip 20 percent, making the final bill $24.

Say you have the same lunch, but order a soda or an iced tea, assuming each is priced at $3. That makes your bill $26, before the tip. With the same tip as before, you’re paying $31.

That’s an extra $7 for just two sodas.

Next time you’re out to eat but not hoping to spend much, take a look at your drink order.

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