9 reasons it costs more to eat out

Does it feel like you're spending more at restaurants and bars lately? Here's why.

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Feb 10, 2014 8:29PM
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Damn what a dumb article!!! It costs more to eat out, because the price of EVERYTHING is increasing.
Feb 10, 2014 8:44PM
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What a bunch of blather; so, because immigration reform hasn't passed it's more expensive for restaurants?  What a joke, obviously those restaurants that do hire illegals are paying far less and probably pay no SSI or Medicare tax either.
Feb 10, 2014 9:43PM
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"An immigration reform bill that would offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship has been rejected by House Republicans."

And this raises prices of meals in restaurants HOW? It seems rather obvious to me that someone hadn't gotten in their quota of Republican bashing, and they decided to add it in this article.
Feb 10, 2014 8:37PM
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Most of what is in the article is Govt cash grab.  The Govt invents more reasons to reach into our pockets.  They will never have enough even if they have it all.  Govt spends more then we make and they show no signs of stopping or even slowing down.  .
Feb 10, 2014 8:48PM
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Lesson to learn: HEAVY HANDED LIBERALISM IS EXPENSIVE, AND WE THE PUBLIC WILL PAY THE PRICE.
Feb 10, 2014 9:05PM
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Eating out is expensive because of the restaurant tax ranging from 8% to 11% then add in

15% or more for tip and you double your bill, almost.  Cities ask residents if they want their

taxes to go up or to raise the restaurant and hotel tax, guess what they vote for.  I have see

half dozen restaurants either close or "burn down" in our town.  You would think the city would

lift the tax but they think it has nothing to do with it, I do.  Then ad your drink into the bill,

two bucks for ice tea!  Drink water its free but some restaurants are catching on and tell you

to buy a bottle of water for a buck fifty.  We ate at a Chicago restaurant down town and the

waiter wanted more than 20% tip because he tossed the tossed salad, that was fun but

we never went back.  Food prices are up because diesel fuel is up it has caused inflation in

everything.  Then they use our corn for ethanol which reduces mpg and damages the engines

of almost everything and they want to add more.   

Feb 10, 2014 9:44PM
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Just, yet, another STUPID article to get people to click multiple times to read nothing but a bunch of jibberish that means nothing in reality. MSN has gone downhill so BAD in the last year of my surfing it for meaningful news that I no longer even look here for news. I come here to ROLMFAO at the idiots that spend their time trying to figure out the best way to get the most clicks, re-post over & over the same "old news" article after wiping out the previous comments and recycle the same article using a different title to get more clicks "ON THE SAME OLD BORING NEWS" .......
Feb 10, 2014 9:35PM
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Eating period is getting unaffordable so maybe Obama can come up with a new "affordable meals act", just as soon as they figure how to manage the "affordable health care act".... Can we trust him to do that?
Feb 10, 2014 9:51PM
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Yes lets raise minimum wage to say 30 dollars a hour, that should do it, yep, then everyone could afford to eat out. Wouldn't have to worry about paid sick time, styrofoam, or that unsubstantiated ethanol tax thing that was costing every restaurant 18000. Why no mention of the continuing poor economy?, I'm sure it was just a oversight.
Feb 11, 2014 9:54AM
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It's just not eating out that is costing more money......It's everything.
Feb 10, 2014 10:12PM
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Obama Dollars are only worth fifty cents - diggit?

Feb 10, 2014 11:31PM
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Almost everything was because of government except credit card fees. Of course everything will be cheaper with more immigrant labor, at least in the short run, until there are so many underpaid workers and out of work citizens that the government deems it necessary to hike taxes to redistribute wealth to buy more votes with freebies.

And MSNBC eats it up.

Feb 10, 2014 9:18PM
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i eat out for free and my wife loves it
Feb 10, 2014 10:04PM
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ALSO LMAO I can look over the "entire" page when I am here the first time. Moving the same article to a different section and changing the title does nothing but "PISS ME OFF" because I already read it in the other section you posted it in, 4 sections ago. AND when you post an article saying "do this" or "don't do this" and then post other articels saying the opposite, what am I supposed to think? That you are a reliable source for information? REALLY? SERIOUSLY?


Feb 11, 2014 1:21AM
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DUUUH! Do you really think we need to be told why? If so maybe you could also clue us in on why the portions of everything from my fav snack stick, (O boy oberto cocktail pep sticks) to Wonder breads BIG loaf has lost 25-30 % in size and is also costing more?  SHEEESH!
Feb 11, 2014 10:08AM
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The only thing that needs reforming with immigration is the federal government needs to do their fing job and deport these ILLEGAL SOBs back to their own country and close the damn border and allow local and state police to help them because they suck at it. We are already letting in 140,000 LEGAL immigrants in the country every month. Why in the hell are we not closing the border and protecting the citizens of the country. The simple reason is because of the bleeding heart sh-tbag liberal demowits like Obama, Reid and Pelosi believing they can stay in power if they can get their vote. They could care less about anything else.   
Feb 10, 2014 10:30PM
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So the cost of meals has been rising dramatically for years because:

Bans are considered on sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers in some cities – well, then why have prices gone up in other cities where those bans are not considered?

Calories are published on some menus – so why is food more expensive in my local diner with no calorie counts anywhere?

Rising minimum wage and paid sick leave – US labor laws have always been in effect and have not yielded such great increases in prices. Why now?

Credit card swipe fees – right, those must make or break a food joint and justify doubling the price of a small meal. But what about cash paying customers?

 

I do not think any restaurant is forced to increase prices due to lack of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, or because of taxes on corn as the author claims. They raise prices simply because they can. Nowadays everyone is always on the go; this rush lifestyle forces people to eat out, so restaurants take advantage of the situation to make more money. When they begin losing customers they will stop.


Feb 11, 2014 10:01AM
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ObamaCare didn't make the list? It's killing every service industry with full-time employees. Unless of course they restrict their employees to working less than 29 hours a week, like the entire Darden chain and practically every other chain restaurant. 
Talk about hurting the people you meant to help.
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Eating out can be quite pricy.I spent nearly $10 dollars on a Teriyaki meal the other day,and they didn't give me a generous portion.you can buy a whole roast chicken and some bread and possibly a liter of soda for ten dollars,and that will be a lot of food for more than one person.I will never ever go back to that Teriyaki place where people are ripped off by serving a miserable portion of food to their customers for almost ten dollars. 
Feb 11, 2014 1:10AM
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Because the prices are way to high for what you get
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