Sneaky Ways That Restaurants Trick You Into Spending More Money

The average American dines out four times a week. With all the time you spend at restaurants, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you’re being tricked into spending more money. Unfortunately, the restaurant industry will do just about anything they can to get more of your money.

Their sneaky tricks involve everything from how they lay out the menu to the ways they describe their food. Read up to learn how you can avoid being duped the next time you decided to dine out.

All Those Fancy Descriptive Words Aren’t Necessary

menu with too many descriptions

Sometimes looking at a menu can feel like reading a novel because restaurants add so many unnecessary adjectives. A menu description for Eggs Benedict might say “farm-fresh cage-free eggs on top of a fresh-baked sweet Artisan bun with creamy Hollandaise sauce.”

The reason they do that instead of simply telling you the ingredients is that studies show you’re 30% more likely to be attracted to an item with “over-baked language.” Hopefully, the dish you order isn’t over-baked too.