WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - During tough economic times, trips out to eat are often the first thing to get cut from the family budget.
In an effort to entice customers, many restaurants in the area are slashing prices to reel in customers. To prove just how affordable eating out can be, WECT took the Cheap Eats Challenge: 6 dinners for $6.
To begin the challenge, WECT went to Sweet and Savory and chowed down on a $5 sandwich, a price they offer every Monday night.
"People still want to eat out, they just don't want to spend the money, so we try to offer deal to entice people to come out," said cafe owner Rob Shapiro.
The bill total came to just $5.34, plus tip for a Polynesian Chicken Sandwich with chips and a pickle.
In downtown Wilmington Hell's Kitchen features "Taco Tuesday" every week. There you can have any taco you want for just $1.
You can grab a deal at Eddie Romanelli's every day of the week, where bar appetizers are only $5 after 4:00. It is a great place to spend happy hour and get a bite to eat.
A Greek Pizza appetizer is big enough for two and costs $5.34, plus gratuity.
Halfway through the week, WECT still had $20.18 to spend.
You can get wings at Katy's every Thursday night for just $0.29 a piece. They offer 10 different flavors ranging from teriyaki to inferno, and the latest addition - lemon pepper.
All of the sauces, including the ranch, are made from scratch in Katy's kitchen.
The total for six wings? Just $1.86, plus tip.
With only two meals left in the challenge, WECT went to Bonfire Friday night for a $1.49 cheeseburger. Add in some french fries and ketchup and the total for the Friday favorite is just $3.50.
You can also get $0.99 hot dogs from Bonfire every day of the week after 5:00 PM.
WECT was able to splurge on the sixth dinner after saving so much throughout the week. Saturday night we grabbed a dinner deal from Front Street Brewery.
A mix greens salad and shrimp and grits with Cajun Creole sauce for a total of $7.48, plus a $2.00 tip.
In six days, WECT was able to eat six meals for well under $36. The total came to just $31.66.
If you know of any "cheap eats" in the area, let us know what they are by adding a comment directly below.
Wrightsville Grille $6.99 Lunch Menu: (price includes lunch item and choice of soft drink or tea) available Monday-Friday
Monday: Cheese Quesadilla and a cup of soup; bowl of homemade soup and a side salad; 9 wings with carrots, celery and dipping sauce
Tuesday:deli sandwich with cheese on toast with lettuce, tomato, and chips; 1/2 BLT or 1/2 club with cup of soup; 9 wings with carrots, celery, and dipping sauce
Wednesday: Pulled Chicken sandwich with slaw and chips; Cheese Quesadilla with cup of soup; 9 wings with carrots, celery, and dipping sauce
Thursday: deli sandwich with cheese on toast with lettuce, tomato, and chips; 1/2 BLT or 1/2 club with cup of soup; chicken salad plate with mini fruit cup
Friday: Pulled Chicken sandwich with slaw and chips, 1/2 BLT or 1/2 club with cup of soup; chicken salad plate with mini fruit cup
Wrightsville Grille $5 Bar Menu: (Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bar from 4-7pm)
*WG Burger & fries or slaw
*WG Chicken Grille & fries or slaw
*WG BLT or Grilled Cheese, with fries or slaw
*Chicken Salad Wrap & fries or slaw
*Chicken Caesar Wrap & fries or slaw
*Portobello Veggie Sandwich & fries or slaw
*Soup and Salad Combo
Half Priced WIngs on Mondays!
*half-priced wings in the bar after 4pm