Aussies 'looking for bargains when dining out'

Aussies have been forced to reign in their spending in a number of ways since the global financial crisis took hold and this includes dining out.

According to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people are being cautious about how much they spend on their debit cards when they head to a restaurant or eatery.

Many more Aussies are searching for special deals before booking a table in a particular establishment.

However, despite this new bargain hunting approach, figures indicated that $19.6 billion was spent on eating out in the year leading up to November 2011.

Chief executive at Restaurant and Catering Australia John Hart said many chefs have been forced to offer discounts in order to attract customers.

"We started to see deals like lunch with a glass of wine and that was before the daily deals kicked off and that's been retained ever since," he remarked.

A recent study conducted by ING Direct showed that people in New South Wales are the most confident about their financial wellbeing in 2012, as many were able to boost their savings accounts last year.

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