After reviewing my 2015 spending and seeing that 305 transactions were made at food/dining/bar type businesses, I knew I had to make a change. I could feel a crazy idea forming, and when that happens, I do my best to drag someone into my craziness ASAP.
This time, J was the willing participant. We agreed that for the next month, we would not eat out, whether it be a fast food joint or a sit down restaurant. We also agreed that if someone insists on taking us out to eat, and they pay, that doesn’t violate the rule. Because I work better in coffee shops, and we didn’t want to turn into hermits who don’t see their friends for a month, we determined that beverages alone wouldn’t break the rules. So we could go to happy hour, but not get an appetizer. Or we could go to coffee, but not get a blueberry muffin.
With all of the rules designated, we hit the ground running! Well, grocery shopping…
My plan in the beginning is to go grocery shopping and bring leftover dinner for lunch the next day. This keeps me from getting bored with sandwiches and chips for lunch. Ok, ok, I never get bored with Chips. But you know what I mean. A cold lunch can get old really quickly. Thankfully I have a ton of pins in my Path to Financial Freedom Pinterest board for how to pack interesting lunches!
I wanted to use this month to become more aware of my spending and also save money. I also figured that it would force me to go back to feeling creative in the kitchen. I actually really enjoy cooking for a couple of reasons. First, I feel better when I’m consistently eating homemade food vs. fast food and restaurant meals. Second, cooking is relaxing for me. I think this is because I get a sense of completion from it. Being a member of an academic-type profession means that I rarely achieve a sense of satisfaction at the end of a work day. I spend a lot of my days reading, writing letters and researching concepts to provide answers to questions. To actually start something and see the final product in an hour or sometimes even 10-20 minutes is incredibly satisfying.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the month brings in my health, finances and mood!
Post to Come: The results of the no eating out for one month challenge!
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