Dad explains how he reduced his Pizza Hut bill from £93 to £31 with Eat Out to Help Out and Meerkat Meals

A MONEY-saving dad has revealed how he used Eat Out to Help Out and Meerkat Meals discounts to get more than 50% off his Pizza Hut bill.

Dave Hantonie, 35, managed to reduce the price of a meal for five people from £93.69 to £31.16 by stacking the two deals, saving him £62.53, or 66%.

In total, this means the meal cost £6.23 per person.

Dave was first able to save £36.35 by getting two free main meals, two free desserts and one free starter with Meerkat Meals – taking his bill down to £57.34.

He then knocked another £26.18 off his bill by dining out on a day when Eat Out to Help Out was on.

Eat Out to Help Out sees diners get 50% off the price of food and non-alcoholic drinks every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.

What is Eat Out to Help Out?

THE government is covering half of the cost of a meal out, up to £10 a head, including children's meals.

The discount means that a meal out for one that costs £20 will be reduced to £10, but a £25 meal for one will be slashed to £15 because of the £10 cap per person.

There is no limit to the number of times you can use the discount, so in theory you can get half price meals on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.

Businesses will need to register with the scheme on before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.

Instead of issuing discount vouchers – which the government felt increased the risk of fraud – restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.

The refund will then been transferred into restaurants, cafes and pubs' bank accounts within five working days.

Customers will only receive the discount if they eat out at a registered business.

The discount doesn't include alcoholic drinks, and is capped at a maximum of £10 per person – so it isn't always a simple case of reducing your bill exactly by half.

For example, Dave purchased one Brewdog IPA beer for £4.99 which wouldn't have been included in the Eat Out to Help Out deal.

Meerkat Meals gives you two-for-one on food at select restaurants when you buy an insurance policy through comparison site Compare the Market.

Dave, who lives in Tiptree, Essex, was dining with his son, 11, plus his friend Marie and her son and daughter, aged 16 and 18.

He told The Sun: “I felt very happy as I normally can’t afford to go out with five of us.

“Eat Out to Help Out is a good helper for businesses and it was great to treat ourselves to a meal.

“The service was also lovely and I left a £4 tip to the staff.”

The government has confirmed that diners can run Eat Out to Help Out alongside other offers.

Other discounts you can use on top of Eat Out to Help Out include Tastecard, which is a paid-for membership scheme that gives either two-for-one or 50 per cent off food at participating restaurants.

Or at Harvester and Toby Carvery, you can get a one-off 25 per cent discount on food when you sign up to their email updates.

McDonald's fans can also get a Big Mac for just £1 by combining Eat Out to Help Out with a regular survey offer.

See more examples of how you can stack deals together to make the most out of Eat Out to Help Out here.

A bargain hunter showed us how to get three meals a day for under £5 using Eat Out to Help Out.

Eat Out to Help Out at Premier Inn means you can get an all-you-can-eat breakfast for £4.50.

Plus, here are the Eat Out to Help Out posters to look out for in restaurants to get 50 per cent off.

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