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Here are 6 thrifty take out tips to keep some dollars in your wallet.

Do you wonder how you can enjoy restaurant food and support your local businesses AND not blow your entire paycheck OR waste food that seemed so exciting when you first took it out of that to-go box?

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Here are a few good tricks for keeping it thrifty when ordering take-out.

Be realistic about portions.

Think of all those times you were cleaning out the fridge and you found old Styrofoam boxes of soggy French fries shoved in the back next to things like a questionable, tipped-over bottle of Thousand Island dressing.

Share a meal.

Stretch those leftovers.

Crumble it up, add a sprinkle of cheese and put some pasta on to boil. Not bad!

You can even do things like add a can of beans to leftovers. Say you have some sausage and peppers laying around. Toss in a can of cannellini beans and pour over rice or pasta. Delish, as Rachael Ray would say.

Sub in your own sides.

Mix and match.

What if you have a bunch of boring old chicken sitting around at home?

The point is that when it comes to ordering from your favorite restaurants, you can certainly find ways to keep the spending to a minimum while being AND selective.

There’s always a workaround or a shortcut to be found. Keep it creative, and when you order from your local food establishments, be sure to think out of the takeout box.

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