2. Let's Do Lunch: In most restaurants, breakfast is the cheapest meal, followed by lunch and then dinner, which is twice as expensive as lunch. If you are dining out on vacation, for example, try doing lunch instead of dinner, as it will be a lot cheaper. If you are in New Orleans, for example, there are a lot of very fine restaurants - that are very expensive to visit for dinner. For lunch, though, the same food is often half-price. Experience the cuisine and the ambiance, at half the cost!
10. The Wine Up-Sell: Often the server will suggest a different wine, usually a more expensive one. If it is only a dollar or two, then maybe it is a genuine recommendation. However, if it is twice the price - or worse yet, the price is undisclosed - then maybe you should take a pass. I fell for this once, being talked out of a $28 Pinot Noir and into a $65 one, when the server neglected to mention the price delta. Another little sneaky trick is to bring you a different bottle than what you ordered. You order the $30 bottle and they bring you a $50 bottle, and if you didn't pay too much attention to the name, you may say, "That's fine" and not realize you've been stealth upsold. And yes, this has happened to me as well, on more than one occasion.