Mom’s viral hack can save you money on takeout from Olive Garden
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Ordering takeout can be a lifesaver for busy families. But, when you need to dig deep into your wallet too often, your bank account can take a major hit. Lets say you want to enjoy a to-go order from Olive Garden at home. Treating a family of four to a pasta dinner can easily cost more than $50.
But a TikTok content creator found a way to save a little money and still get a decent meal. And, its something that we often overlook: the kids menu!
TikTok creator @Natasha21k shared a video back in 2021 that continues to get views even after going viral a couple of years ago. In the video, she showed off how ordering from the kids menu can actually be enough for a hungry adult.
She ordered a kids pasta with tomato sauce meal which came with a side of broccoli, a drink and two breadsticks.
If you are ordering to go, get the kids meal. Look at these portion sizes, they are enormous! she said in the video as she panned across the table.
Back when this video first hit TikTok, this meal cost $5.99 plus tax. According to Olive Gardens website, the same dish now costs $6.99. In fact, most childrens meals cost $6.99, and you can get pasta with Alfredo sauce, pizza, chicken fingers, ravioli and more.
It still comes with a choice of sides, including broccoli, french fries, grapes or spaghetti with tomato sauce. The meal also comes with a drink (your choice of soda, milk, raspberry lemonade or Minute Maid) and two breadsticks. Plus, you can add a protein for an extra charge.
Keep in mind that not every Olive Garden location may offer portion sizes this big. Commenters on the video even seem to think some of the restaurants changed their policies after the hack became popular.
Still, ordering a few of the kids meals and combining them could be a great cost-saving option for a hungry family. Or, a single portion might just hit the spot for someone who wants to eat lighter.
It’s so simple we wish we’d thought of it ourselves.