Government to offer 50% off discounts on eating out in August - MSE News

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  • johncas1
    johncas1 Posts: 172 Forumite
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    Nice idea to get people going to restaurants who might not want to go
  • Nebulous2
    Nebulous2 Posts: 5,105 Forumite
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    Mon - Wed is very limited for me, unless I was on holiday. The exclusion of alcohol is interesting. What happens with somewhere like Wetherspoons with a ‘free’ pint included with your meal when there are two different VAT rates? 
  • JamoLew
    JamoLew Posts: 1,800 Forumite
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    Up to £10 - better than nothing I guess, but it won't have me rushing to eat out
  • Robin9
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    Is this not got to be a lot of work for the small establishments -  seaside cream teas, cafes, take-aways ?
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  • oxroxx
    oxroxx Posts: 22 Forumite
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    Robin9 said:
    Is this not got to be a lot of work for the small establishments -  seaside cream teas, cafes, take-aways ?
    Only if they sign up.
    Its not compulsory.
  • Paul_Herring
    Paul_Herring Posts: 7,481 Forumite
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    Very nice for those who would normally go to eat out.
    And can afford it while not earning.
    On a Mon, Tues or Weds.
    Between 10am and 2pm.
    On a full moon.


    And who on earth came up with the slogan - "Eat out to help out"? It wouldn't be out of place if it was promoting the sex industry, instead.

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  • ceremony
    ceremony Posts: 241 Forumite
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    I wonder how many people will actually make use of this?

    Before lockdown I ate out on a Tuesday and Thursday because of my work routine, but I'd just pick a cheap chain pub meal deal. I suppose if work has gone back to normal by then I'd pick a place that has signed up and save a little money over the course of the month. My husband and I eat out occasionally if we're already in town doing something else, but I can't see us making a trip out to go to a restaurant "just because it's half price". Dining out is something we tend to save for birthdays and other celebrations. I don't think we're particularly weird for being like that?

    It's an interesting idea and I'm not going to turn my nose up at the savings if I happen to be eating out, but I'm not convinced it will be a huge cash injection for the industry.

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  • Marvel1
    Marvel1 Posts: 7,171 Forumite
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    The amount of money I have saved since lockdown has made me release how much I waste eating out etc.  Going to keep saving.
  • Newnoel
    Newnoel Posts: 378 Forumite
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    Can this 50% subsidy be augmented with an existing 2 for 1 offer? If so, could you end up eating for free?
  • X
    X Posts: 21 Forumite
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    Marvel1 said:
    The amount of money I have saved since lockdown has made me release how much I waste eating out etc.  Going to keep saving.
    I guesstimated my almost every morning coffee plus an occasional bite to eat, would have cost me in the region of £300 if I had maintained my habit during lockdown.

    Somehow I've still managed to put on weight though!
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