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Eating out on low disposable income?

By Dothemo - 16 December 2014 34

Hello Rioters!

I am after a bit of advice, my wife and I have bought a house in Gunghalin with the purpose of getting my parents in laws out of trouble. We all work, I am on a low income, my wife at the higher end of moderate and my in laws are paid well (but they donate a considerable amount of their income to a Pentecostalist church and their other kids although they do help with bills). So as a consequence my wife and I are often broke.

My wife wants to go out to eat or have coffee but we can’t afford the standard restaurants/cafes and this is depressing to her as we need some space from the in laws at times.

So it occured to me, can anyone please advise on some cool cheap restaurants, cafes and greasy spoons around Canberra (excluding Maccas!)? It would be much appreciated.

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Eating out on low disposable income?
Maya123 8:24 pm 16 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

Your local club, whether ACT or NSW, will have $10 (or thereabouts) meals for lunch and or dinner. For example, I am a member of the Vikings group and have a choice of 5 clubs to visit. Happy dining.

I hope they super-size you.

What, you want to be super-sized!

dungfungus 6:48 pm 16 Dec 14

Pork Hunt said :

Your local club, whether ACT or NSW, will have $10 (or thereabouts) meals for lunch and or dinner. For example, I am a member of the Vikings group and have a choice of 5 clubs to visit. Happy dining.

I hope they super-size you.

Pork Hunt 6:21 pm 16 Dec 14

Your local club, whether ACT or NSW, will have $10 (or thereabouts) meals for lunch and or dinner. For example, I am a member of the Vikings group and have a choice of 5 clubs to visit. Happy dining.

Mess 4:54 pm 16 Dec 14

Maya123 said :

Mess said :

London Burgers and Beers can be done for under $50 with drinks and they are in Belconnen. Dickson Asia Noodle House is also good and filling, again can also be done for under $50.

Wow, $50. Personally, I would go to McCafe with a book to read to escape the house; otherwise picnic.
When I was paying off a house I rarely ate out. I figured I couldn’t justify it. I grew a lot of my own vegetables too. If you can afford to regularly eat out with a mortgage, you must be better off than I was. But then, by being very careful with money and renting out the spare rooms, I did pay off my mortgage in five years, and the car loan in three, at the same time.

$50 inc drinks for two people is pretty reasonable. You’d be hard pressed to find anything much cheaper that isn’t takeaway.

Ezy 4:17 pm 16 Dec 14

As others have mentioned – a picnic is the way to go. You just need to get creative and invest a bit of time into cooking and preparing it yourself. On the way out, grab a couple of cold ones and you are set. This time of year is prime for long nights wandering parks, lakes and the city.

Another option is heading out on Saturday morning as a bit of a date to the Farmers Markets. You will have a choice of local produce that you can use for the picnic, or something there might take your fancy to make you linger for a breakfast date.

Pizza is also a good option – there are places that will do a good pizza for less than $20. You can easily share this. La Capana in Kingston do a solid pizza and you are close to the lake. In the city, check out Pizza Gusto.

If you like to feel full, head out to Turkish Halal Pide House in Yarralumla for a Kebab or Pide.

There are always options out there. Get out, enjoy some food, enjoy each others company and enjoy those long warm nights. Good luck!

Alexandra Craig 2:57 pm 16 Dec 14

I went to the Mandalay Bus the other night for the first time. It was actually okay! 🙂 There’s also a whole heap of new food vans which are apparently quite good on Lonsdale Street in Braddon 🙂

Ferarri 2:52 pm 16 Dec 14

The bistro at Gold Creek Country Club does amazing steak or schnitzel for $12 on Tuesdays. Best steaks in Canberra!

Maya123 2:50 pm 16 Dec 14

Mess said :

London Burgers and Beers can be done for under $50 with drinks and they are in Belconnen. Dickson Asia Noodle House is also good and filling, again can also be done for under $50.

Wow, $50. Personally, I would go to McCafe with a book to read to escape the house; otherwise picnic.
When I was paying off a house I rarely ate out. I figured I couldn’t justify it. I grew a lot of my own vegetables too. If you can afford to regularly eat out with a mortgage, you must be better off than I was. But then, by being very careful with money and renting out the spare rooms, I did pay off my mortgage in five years, and the car loan in three, at the same time.

Holden Caulfield 2:43 pm 16 Dec 14

Maya123 said :

Alternative idea to escape the house. Pack a picnic and find a nice secluded place to eat it. Take a table cloth, lights of some kind (if after dark) and whatever other decorations wanted to give atmosphere. Then after eating, lie back, relax and perhaps read a book. Make it a decent break from the house. This could be cheaper than going to a restaurant.

Get a roast chicken/salad from the supermarket, some chilled water from home, a blanket, find yourself a nice park (there’s heaps to choose from) and I guarantee you’ll enjoy that time with your significant other more than any meal at an expensive restaurant.

Chilling out by the lake with a cr#p takeaway meal, yes, even Maccas, is a great pastime!

Mess 2:19 pm 16 Dec 14

London Burgers and Beers can be done for under $50 with drinks and they are in Belconnen. Dickson Asia Noodle House is also good and filling, again can also be done for under $50.

pink little birdie 1:57 pm 16 Dec 14

The cheap (mm under $15) and cheerful places that make our regular list of places are:

Asian Noodle house Civic
Hellenic club civic
Grill’d

They also adapt for dietry requirements
If it’s coffee places you want – look for places with who do discounts for brining your own cup and have loyalty cards. It could be only 20-50c discount. Also look for meal deals and student haunts are generally cheaper Dehli 6 in the City has $10 meat dish, rice and naan take away. Stand alone restraunts and cafes generally have better deals than chain places
Actually get your junk mail because there are often deals for discount food. I think the Asian place opposite the gunghalin library main entrance does good deals sometimes

Genie 1:55 pm 16 Dec 14

Yerribi Ponds is beautiful to get out and have a picnic.

For cheapish eats try the Dickson Dumpling Inn or CBD Dumpling House (I’ve been led to believe they have the same owner). My other half and I usually escape with only a $30-$50 bill by sharing a few plates of dumplings. (the $50 end is when we order duck pancakes)

Otherwise sadly you can’t go past a $5 pizza from Vominos for a cheap eat.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought anything (or even looked) but LivingSocial and GroupOn tend to have some good deals to get upwards of 50% discount at restaurants around town.

Maya123 1:17 pm 16 Dec 14

Alternative idea to escape the house. Pack a picnic and find a nice secluded place to eat it. Take a table cloth, lights of some kind (if after dark) and whatever other decorations wanted to give atmosphere. Then after eating, lie back, relax and perhaps read a book. Make it a decent break from the house. This could be cheaper than going to a restaurant.

I live in Macgregor 12:50 pm 16 Dec 14

http://www.CBRfoodie.org has a top ten 🙂

I live in Macgregor 12:49 pm 16 Dec 14

There’s a good starting point of affordable eateries in Canberra here: http://www.cbrfoodie.org have a look through the top ten list! there is also a twitter feed via @CBRfoodie and a list of other Canberra foodies here: https://twitter.com/CBRFoodie/lists/canberra-foodies

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