Eating out is expensive, but when you do eat out, you should at least order something that's (relatively) worth your money.
Photo by Ruth Hartnup
Christa Avampato at weblog Wise Bread took a look at popular items people order when they dine out that don't cost the restaurant anything near what customers pay for them. Items like pasta, salad, sandwiches and pizza are cheap to make per serve, but can be charged at a similar price to other mains.
Obviously eating at home is always cheaper, but when you eat out aim for specialised dishes you can't cook at home, or dishes with a healthy helping of some kind of meat. Don't waste your eating-out funds on drinks and dishes that cost small amounts to make on your own.