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Senior Discounts Do Work

Updated on January 27, 2012

Eating Out in North Louisiana

I live in North Louisiana. I am also on Social Security. As it is just my husband and I, we eat out a lot. There are lots of inexpensive places to eat; you just have to know where and when. We have found places where we can eat for less than $20 for both of us. But there is a trick to getting the best food at the best price.

Some of the obvious places are: Subway, Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonalds, and other fast food places. My favorite McDonalds is the 18th location in Monroe. My favorite Taco Bell is in Pineville. I prefer the Subway in Arcadia and the Burger King in Winnfield. Yes, I travel a lot. I sell Avon and recruit and train reps in all those places!

Some of the best known local places are owned and run by local residents. A few we patronize are Ryans, El Patio, Panda, Grantadams, and places you would not look for good food and good prices.

Tips for eating on a budget:

  1. Don’t order a drink. Ask for water and lemon. Add 1 packet of sweetener and you have lemonade!
  2. Check the times when “senior” discounts are given. Ryans has senior discounts before 3pm on weekdays. One Ryans gives free drinks between 1-3pm to seniors!
  3. Grantadams has the best fish, but you need to call in your order at least thirty minutes before picking it up as they are so busy – They only do take out.
  4. El Patio lunches are cheaper for the same meal than dinner.
  5. The same is true for Panda and many other places.
  6. Picking up your meal and eating in the car saves having to leave a tip when you are really strapped for cash.
  7. Subway has $5 foot-long sandwiches. You can get two sandwiches for the price of a meal that includes a drink and chips. We drink water with our sandwiches... and we really did not need those chips anyway!
  8. BYOW = bring your own water. Don’t buy water at a fast food restaurant. You can get a 24-bottle case or larger at Wal-Mart for less than $5. Buy a case just to keep in the car. Because I am diabetic, I keep a bottle of water in my purse/tote bag at all times.

If you decide to follow this hub, I will be reviewing specific “places” in North Louisiana. I will list the good, the bad, and the ugly of the places we find, so if you live in North Louisiana or if you are passing through you will know where to visit and where not to visit.

You might want to also take a look at the Wikipedia website to see just what Louisiana is all about. Louisiana is so diversified it is hard to know the real Louisiana without going down the back roads. And no, I don’t have alligators in my yard. I do have a few orange trees and herbs. And yes, sometimes it snows where I live. Sometimes it snows in Baton Rouge, too!

Not all of the best parts of Louisiana is where a tourist passing through or a local resident can find it. Maybe I can help you find the best among all the rest.

Got a tip? Pass it on.

Got a special place in North Louisiana you like? Let me know.

In Louisiana there is always “Just a little something extra!”

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