Hey, we're all for having a night out and treating yourself, but there's a fine line between getting that fabulous meal you deserve and getting blatantly ripped off. Here, seven things on the menu to skip.

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CHEF SPECIAL LIST
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The Daily Special

Sometimes called the "chef's special." Many restaurants choose their specials for that day based on whatever surplus (ahem, past-their-prime) ingredients they have on hand—then jack up the price accordingly.

LETTUCE LIST
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An Iceberg Lettuce Salad

It's mostly made of water, with almost zero nutritional value, and is insanely marked up. For better value, go with spinach, arugula or perhaps a mesclun mix.

MEATLOAF LIST
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A Meat loaf

It's never going to taste as good as your mom’s, most notably because restaurant versions are often made with more filler than actual meat.

WINE LIST
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The Second Cheapest Bottle of Wine

Restaurants actually bank on customers ordering this middle-of-the-road option and give it the highest markup overall. (Sometimes as much as 400 percent!) So either drink from the cheapest bottle—or upgrade your glass another level.

BURGER LIST
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Fancy Burgers

Unless you know for a fact that the chef uses prime ingredients, skip the ones boasting special features like truffle oil and caviar (or a squid ink bun). What may sound gourmet is often just a rip-off—especially in the case of truffle oil, as most commercial ones are made by mixing regular ol' olive oil with truffle-flavored chemicals.

TASTING MENU LIST
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A Tasting Menu or All-You-Can-Eat Dish

You know the whole "eyes being bigger than your stomach" thing? Unless you are absolutely ravenous and capable of really forking it in, skip these so-called deals as you'll end up wasting money and dealing with indigestion.

ICE CREAM LIST
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Ice Cream

Unless the place makes it on-site, a bowl of ice cream is rarely worth the $5.95—even if it is "drizzled with chocolate sauce" and "topped with cookie crumble." You could buy an entire quart of ice cream for that price and mash up a cookie yourself.

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