The recession doesn't necessarily mean you should cut every indulgence from your life, it just means you need to spend a little smarter. That could include waiting for your designer duds to go on sale, choosing to cook one more meal a week instead of ordering in, or splitting meals when you go out to eat. Many Americans are choosing the latter method as a way to indulge on a restaurant meal, while keeping more money in their wallets.
David Pogrebin, general manager of French restaurant Brasserie in New York, said, "People are splitting things like they never have before," and added, "Now all bets are off. People are not ashamed of being frugal." Sharing a meal can significantly reduce your bill, and some diners are self-conscious about appearing cheap when they order a shared entree. Restaurants have been hit hard by the recession and appreciate your business, so don't be shy about asking to split that dish.
Do you ever feel like you're being judged when two of you order one entree?