Okay me and my hubby were talking today about what we could cut back on around here to be able to save some money or be able to afford some stuff we need to be able to buy and such. Well, we both agree the only thing we can cut out that aren't bills is: eating out so much. We eat out alot. As most of America does I imagine. I like to go eat lunch with my hubby when the kids are in school. It kinda gives us like a little miny date, that and on the weekends we usually end up eating out quite a bit.
So, time for confession. I got home and did the math in one week we spent over 200.00 on out to eat. This does not count any groceries only eating out. Now some of that was drive through fast stuff some sit down. Nothing really expensive but all added up like that its alot. So, I am telling you about this to help me. See its me that likes to eat out. Its me that has to cook. So, the rest of my family would be fine to only eat out once a week if thats all we did. However, I like to eat out all the time. Probably b/c that was how I was raised. My mom was a single mom and was too tired at the end of the day to cook so I kinda am used to out to eat as a way of life. I have to break this habit. Do you know how much stuff I could do around here with that money that is now gone forever that I just spent eating out. I mean at least if I spent it on other stuff I could get more out of it than just at that one time. I am asking that you guys hold me accountable. I am going to cut back on eating out. We are going to shoot at first to Matt and I eating lunch once or twice a week and eating out as a family on the weekend one. That should cut that number in 1/2 at least that we spend if not more. I am going to then with the money I save use it either to save up for some stuff we need to do around the house, shop for some new spring clothes, or let hubby buy a new guitar that he wants for the wii. So, in short I need your help. I am writing this b/c in actually saying it out loud and declaring it , it makes it a real commitment. Just for my curiosity though I was wondering. How often do you guys eat out. Not just sit down but even grabbing something drive through. How often would you say you do, and further more how often do you think is appropriate?