Money Matters: How to keep that restaurant bill in check

Published: Nov 25 2012 06:48:01 PM EST

Eating out at restaurants is fun, but it can also be expensive.

So how do get what you want and still keep that restaurant bill in check?

Restaurants use tried and true techniques to get you to spend more.

Being aware of those techniques can help you take a bite out of that food bill.

For example, salty snacks at the bar may seem like free food, but the bar uses them to make you thirstier.

Next, take a look at your menu -- see those creative names? Research has proven they increase sales.

So does putting things in a box. Making you wait for a table...now there's a common technique that boosts liquor sales.

Even glasses and plates can be stacked against you.

Studies show people drink more from short, wide glasses.

And smaller plates make portions look bigger.

Then there's the classic routine: the up-sell.

How about an extra side?

Want some premium liquor? Don't you want dessert?

These are all designed to boost your bill.

There are tons of techniques restaurants use to get you to fork over more money.

Knowing the tricks of the trade will help you spend less.