Imagine this: a special occasion is coming up. Maybe it’s your anniversary or your mother’s birthday. Or you’ve had a bad month and really need a treat. So you go to your favourite restaurant, but there’s a long line and you’re starving before you can get seats. Then, at the end of dinner, the bill comes, and you realise you’ll have to go on a diet for the next couple of weeks to make up for the dent in your wallet.
Kick those unpleasant surprises to the curb and have all your dinner plans go smoothly! Just follow these 5 tips to become a more money-saving and savvy diner.
1. Make a reservation
Are you a diner if you don’t get to dine in the first place? Philosophy aside, the first step of your dinner going to plan is making sure you’ll have dinner. All you have to do is call up the restaurant. For an even easier option, book your seats via Chope – it’ll all be done with a push of a button, and you’ll get to make special requests like asking for a window seat as well.
2. Keep track of promos
And no, we don’t mean bringing your younger siblings out to eat so you can use their student card for discounts. The easiest trick to becoming a savvy diner is keeping your eyes peeled, because loads of restaurants are having amazing deals right under your nose.
We’re talking 1-for-1 mains, 50% off the 2nd diner’s meal, and free sides. If you haven’t been checking in on our Chope Exclusives offers, you’re missing out on loads of delicious dining deals that are just begging to be gobbled up. Credit card holders are even more spoiled for choice with Chope’s credit card deals. You aren’t taking full advantage of those bank cards until you use them for more 1-for-1s and 50% discounts on your meal.
We change up the participating restaurants every month too, so make sure you check back regularly!
3. Buy lots of vouchers
Tip number 3 of being a savvy diner is to always be prepared. By that, we mean to have your vouchers on standby, so you can whip them out and use them whenever you need to. They’re a lifesaver – perfect for when you didn’t plan to dine out.
We know it sounds painfully kiasu, but always having some vouchers for your favourite restaurant in your wallet ensures you never miss out on any savings. When you consider that some of the vouchers on the Chope Shop can get you up to 50% off, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea anymore.
4. Loyalty points are your best friend
Life is full of simple pleasures, like dining out and knowing that every meal is bringing you one step closer to a reward. Taste that sweet satisfaction when you make a reservation using Chope, which gets you 100 Chope-Dollars for each booking.
Soon, you’ll have enough to redeem a dining voucher worth $30! Frequent flyer? Make those Chope-Dollars go the distance and use them to claim 1000 Krisflyer miles. Keep eating, and you’ll be bumped up to business class in no time.
5. Celebrate with Chope!
Speaking of Chope-Dollars, how would you like to earn enough to redeem a free meal? Just head over to celebrate.chope.co and get your unique promo code. Use the code whenever you’re making a booking to get 400 Chope-Dollars for your next 7 reservations. That’s 2,800 Chope-Dollars in total – enough to get you $80 worth of dining vouchers!
Still not convinced? Take a look at these restaurants where you can redeem your free $80 meal to get your tummy rumbling. There’s delicious Peranakan food, exquisite yakiniku, cosy cafe food, and more!