New Year’s Resolution: Save Money on Dining Out (the Reasonable Way)

Armed with a bright hope and enthusiasm, many of us have drawn up a list of New Year’s resolutions. The most popular and commonly broken according to Time Magazine are the following:

  • Lose Weight and Get Fit
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn Something New
  • Eat Healthier and Diet
  • Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  • Spend More Time with Family
  • Travel to New Places
  • Be Less Stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink Less


Among those mentioned, what we set for ourselves at the start of the year is to save money. No, we are not getting married anytime soon. We want to save money because we want to travel to new places together and also buy the needed gadgets that we still lack.

Saving money is honestly quite a challenge for us since we usually dine in good restaurants whenever we go on a date. Sure you may say that we can just stay at home to eat so we spend less. However, dining out for us is more than just a means for us to have a content for our food blog or a way to date. Our other reasons for dining out include the following:

1. We don’t live together. Lloyd lives in Parañaque City (South of Metro Manila) and Me-An lives in Quezon City (North of Metro Manila). We can agree to eat at either of the homes, but there is no guarantee that we will enjoy the food or there is enough food for one’s family. This also applies with friends, by the way ,who we are shy to invite to our homes.

2. Spending on ingredients may be more costly. We don’t purchase in bulk and we’re sure to end up buying all we need in a supermarket. There is nothing wrong with that, but let us face it, wet & dry markets sell the ingredients at a cheaper price. None of us are also extremely good at cooking so chances are we might fail at making a challenging dish.

3. Cooking takes a lot of time. We couldn’t help but include a recent FB status by our good friend, Arlene Chang, to drive further our point. She said,

“Cooking: 2 hours
Eating it: 5 minutes
I think i’ll stick to eating haha”

4. No distractions. We can just enjoy each other’s company since there are no household chores waiting for us.

5. Eating out with classmates/officemates and/or friends is inevitable. At some point, we would want to enjoy their company over a meal. We also get to eat a variety of dishes when we’re in a group.

6. We help the local economy. By dining out, we support the local businesses.

I’m sure you already know those stuff. What you may not know yet and the reason you are reading this post is saving money while dining out. We are sure there are tons of stuff already written on that topic.

What we want to share with you is a more specific way and is one of our recent great discovery this 2017 – Big Dish PH app.

Big Dish PH


5 Reasons to Use Big Dish PH app when Dining Out


Big Dish PH App

1. As an online reservation platform, it enables users like us to enjoy up to 50% discount with no minimum spending, no reservation fee, and no credit cards necessary at wonderful restaurants in Manila. That alone enticed us to download the app.

2. No need to print coupons. We get to save money on printing paper and we also get to help save the environment. That is hitting two birds with one stone! Plus, we won’t be in convened when we forget to bring our coupon. We can just focus in getting to the restaurant on time.

3. No need to wait for the right deal. Reservations with discounts can be made at any hour of the day with an absolute minimal effort. For instance, we want to dine tomorrow at Makati City. We can just key in the location, how many people will be dining, the date, and the time we want to eat. The Big Dish PH app will show all the results based on the details we put.

Upon checking the results, the California Pizza Kitchen in Century City Mall offers the best discount for our specified location, date, and time. So all we had to do next was just click confirm since we were already logged in. When you are still not logged in, all you’ll need to key in to confirm are your name, mobile number, and e-mail address.



4. It is both available for download in App Store and Google Play.

5. Dining experience is much better since there is less to no waiting time upon arrival at the restaurant.


It’s a given that all of us will still be dining out. So we thought why not utilize the Big Dish PH app to get discounts? We can actually make reservations no less than one (1) minute before we enter the restaurant which makes it more convenient.

We don’t know about you. What is sure is that we will be using this app when dining out. We can already predict that we’ll definitely have more savings for traveling after acummulating all those discounts from dining.

Is this your first time hearing about Big Dish PH app?
If you had already tried it, what do you think of it?

15 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution: Save Money on Dining Out (the Reasonable Way)”

  1. A new app? I have been looking for apps that show me deliveries at all times of the day in any given area, so if you know of one, please let me know.

    Back to dining out. If there are only two of you, I agree. Cooking may not exactly be your best option, not only in the convenience, but also the cost. But I suppose that makes it more special if you do cook, eh? If there is one thing that you cannot exactly control, it’s the use of ingredients. Something you have complete control of when cooking on your own. But that being said, dining out also gives you the opportunity to simply enjoy the foods and cooked in varieties of ways too.

  2. OMG Yogo and cream!!! This is the ultimate dream come true! I love how big dish is giving out discounts and also giving us great ideas on where to dine and where to take our friends and loved ones to. I agree that it’s really a hassle to cook and prepare for dinner and may sometimes be the same amount as eating out and not having any trouble with the kitchen! Amazing post as always! Hope we don’t get to break our resolutions! ❤️

  3. It is true. When you’re single or a couple, many a times buying food out is just easier than going through the process of cooking. But if you have special food requirements like vegan or gluten free, cooking works out easier.

  4. This is the first time I’ve heard of Big Dish and wow, I’m impressed by how extensive the level of information they provide. And discounts, of course we all want that! So yeah, since I love eating out I might just download the app.

    I am also trying to save this 2017 because I am planning to do something big for 2018. Hope we can both meet our goals.

  5. Great! I only know a handful of food apps. But if you get to reserve your seats at restaurant and you get discounts along the way, why not? I’m curious as to how Big dish monetizes. Definitely, saving while eating out is something we Filipinos can do. I be social eating is on top of our expenditure list.

    • Hi Sam, that’s an excellent question! BigDish monetizes by charging a small referral fee per BigDish reservation, similar to what for instance OpenTable in the US does. 🙂

      We hope you’ll give BigDish a try and are curious about your experience!

  6. Thanks for the app recommendation! I’ll definitely try Big Dish, for when the hubby and I need to try something new. When it comes to bringing the kids, though, it’s another story. Since our goal is also to save money, it means not dining out so much with our kids, who are in their picky phase now and just want cheesy stuff, pasta, pizza and fried chicken forever. I’m with you on saving!!! We should strive each year not to just save more, but also find new ways to create income.

  7. This is the first time i heard about Big dish. Will def download this. I spend alot of money for food. I will check if maginhawa and lilac restos are already on the app! HahahA

  8. This is an exciting new app to try especially for those who love to eat out and save up. Sometimes, these two do not go too well together, but I think a bit of cleverness and creativity and you can nail this one. It is good to be living in this age when there are plenty of affordable and economical options for food. I agree with you, too, cooking at home, and all the work it entails, simply is not practical when you are living on your own. Sometimes, dining out is the best option. Cheers to more awesome dining experience for you two this 2017!

  9. This post makes me want to download the app. Lol! Of course, not only because of the information but obviously for the discounts as well. Love it!

    And good luck to your saving up money. We all know it’s hard if not disciplined but easy if we get support with our loved one. My gf had me save up money last year and we’re gonna do it again. 🙂

  10. Oooh! An app! Is it available worldwide? And we rarely eat at home, as well, as it’s only the two of us. But we are trying to make an effort to spend less going out. I wish you luck!

    • Hi Style With Tina, BigDish is not available worldwide (yet), however, we’re launching in both Hong Kong and Indonesia this month and plan to be available in most Asian countries over the next 2 years. 🙂

  11. Wow, yes saving money is truly a challenge. I’m not used to have a fancy date though whenever I date someone, but still you get to spend. I like how you written down your New Year’s resolution. I’ve been planning to save money as well for a longer term goals and hopefully you’ll as well meet your goals and your purpose of saving some funds for your long term travels. Have a great year ahead!

  12. That’s one of my goals, too! To save more money this year. 🙂 hahaha I also want to lose some weight that I gained during the ber months. hahaha I need to go back to my healthy diet plans again. But it just feels so good to eat!


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