Fort Lauderdale FL

Best Family Restaurants to Save Money in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Ft. Lauderdale has many restaurants that cater to all members of the family and where you can save money. Many offer special discounts or offer other extras for the family. No matter what type of cuisine you prefer, there is something for everyone.

Sweet Tomatoes

With multiple locations across South Florida, Sweet Tomatoes is a wonderful restaurant for the entire family. It is a salad bar buffet restaurant with many healthy and delicious items good for both the body and the taste buds. Your kids can get whatever healthy veggies they like, as can you.

Although it is called the salad bar restaurant, there is far more than salad at Sweet Tomatoes. They have pizza, which is always a favorite for the children, in addition to multiple types of pastas, five or more soups and more. They offer savory bakery items, such as blueberry and other flavored muffins, breads and more. They offer baked and sweet potatoes as well as rice. They also offer various fruits.

When it comes to dessert, the entire family will be happy. Children can make their own ice cream sundaes with vanilla or chocolate ice cream, sprinkles, caramel syrup and hot fudge. They can enjoy savory brownies, chocolate pudding or whatever specialty cake they are offering (past offerings include hot chocolate lava cake and gooey caramel pumpkin cake).

They also provide different events for children. Many locations offer free face painting by Curly Sue and friends on one day of the week. They also work with school groups to do fundraising. They have family friendly prices, with excellent coupons such as buy one meal and two beverages and get a second meal free, which brings the price of each meal to under $8.00.

Bellante’s Pizza and Pasta (Closed)

If you and your children love pizza or pasta then Bellante’s is the place for you. For a meager $5.50 (lunch OR dinner) they offer an all you can eat buffet encompassing a wide variety of pizza, including classic, barbeque chicken, meat, alfredo, veggie and more. You can also get cheese bread, breadsticks and more. If you like pasta, then you will have your choice of alfredo, an oil and garlic mix or classic tomato. They also have a variety of soups.

Children will also enjoy the delicious desserts. Bellante’s offers chocolate cake, lemon cake, dessert pizza and sweet bread. If the children are done eating they can play video games while the parents watch on special televisions set up in the dining area. The entire family leaves happy from a meal at Bellante’s Pizza and Pasta.

Ft. Lauderdale has a wide variety of family friendly restaurants. Sweet Tomatoes and Bellantte’s are just two of the best in the area.


Money Saving Tips for the Horse Owner

We all know how tight money is these Covid-19 days. Having horses is an expensive hobby and the cost can sometimes get overwhelming, especially if you live in Florida – a very expensive place. Here are some great tips horse owners can follow to save money:

The first thing to do is think about cutting back on your herd. If you have a horse or two that you just don’t ride anymore and are going to waste in the pasture, you may want to think about selling or leasing them out.

horses pastureWe all love our horses, but it can get unreasonable to pay a fortune in bills for a pasture ornament. If selling is out of the question, consider leasing your horse out, or charging others to ride it. This way you’ll still be able to keep your horse, but he’ll earn his keep and won’t be such a strain on your bank account.

Sell your old tack and riding gear. When I used to walk into my tack-room, I’d see loads of tack I never used, from assorted saddles I picked up over the years, to once-tried bits, old bridles and hardly-worn show clothes. I finally decided I’d clear out my tack room of all the things I didn’t use.

I listed my tack on, and craigslist and ended up bringing in nearly $2,000. Also try bringing your unused stuff to your local tack swap.

Do you have an indoor arena or nice outdoor riding ring? Try charging for haul-ins. Lots of people don’t have a space of their own to ride and would gladly pay to haul their horse into a nice covered arena or lighted outdoor ring.

What about an extra stall or pasture? If you have your own private barn and are not filling up all the space, you may consider renting it out for some extra cash.

If you have the skill and experience, start offering to give riding lessons. Not only is it a great way to make some extra money, but it really improves your own skills and can be a lot of fun.

If you have a special horsey skill you’d like to share and make some cash while you’re doing it, try hosting a clinic at your barn. Weekend horse clinics are a blast. Skills permitting, you can host anything from a dressage clinic to a reining clinic, a horse diet clinic or a vaccinating clinic. The possibilities are endless.

horseIf you have some extra time, offer to ride, train and condition other people’s horses. People who don’t have time to ride their own horse will pay good money to have a qualified rider do it for them.

Do you have any artistic ability? Try making some horsey art out of old horseshoes. You can make anything from dream catchers and picture frames to personalized stall signs. Other horse owners will gladly pay for creative horse-related artwork.

Horses are supposed to be your escape from life. Don’t allow them to become a financial burden during these tough times. Next time you’re a little short of cash, take a look at this list.