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We love eating out, probably a little too much. But, like many fun things in life, constantly hitting up new hot spots costs money. Great restaurants are — not always, but often— really expensive. Throw in an entry- or -mid-level job, plus the simple fact that there is likely some degree of salary discrepancy between you and your friends — and suddenly, justifying a group meal out at a trendy new restaurant becomes a trickier prospect.
How do you eat at the restaurants you want to be eating at without completely draining your bank account? We've got nine tips and tricks that will help next time you find yourself staring down a pricey menu.
Photographed by Eric Helgas.