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Enter your email address. Eating out is definitely a financial weak spot for me. Love this list of action steps to take to curb that habit and reduce spending in this area! Thanks for sharing how it works for you guys.. It was a tough one for us to overcome for sure.
The one-month timeframe for testing it out really helped us get the ball rolling. Best of luck to ya: Just had a boiled potato and baked beans along with a small cucumber.
This is a great and inspiring article. I know my husband and I have a terrible going out habit that we really need to stop. We found that the one month timeframe was really effective and not too overwhelming for us. I need this advice right now… but I also need to get my fiance on board… we are both pretty bad with eating out. Thanks for this, hopefully I can get the fiance on board and we can cut some eating out expenses in the next few months.
Best of luck to you—I bet you can do it: I usually buy organic and healthy produce all the time but that needs to stop! Hi Paula—thank you so much for reading! The key for us has been to frugalize all other areas of our groceries so that we can spend the money on lots of produce. I wish you all the very best: Eating out is still one of our weaknesses. We limit our eating out, and use coupons and other deals, but it still costs.
Do the one month trial! We found that timeframe to be very manageable and not too overwhelming. I wish you all the best: Eating at restaurants — even very inexpensive ones — is my biggest weakness. I think I could do that. We have cut down quite a bit, but still are close to once a week. In addition, I am still eating out close to once a week for lunch sometimes 0 now though!
We avoid sit down meals, but order pizza sometimes. The biggest way to cut eating out for us has been access to homegrown beef. We have all sorts of cuts and there is no purpose to eat out when the food at home is going to taste better anyways. So he was told to eat better which cuts a lot of eating out.
We go through spells — we can go a few months with out eating out and other times its 2 or 3 times a week. If I have a plan it will take an act of congress to get me to deviate from my plan — I do not like when things do not go as planned its a fault in many cases…. Yeah, the meal plan definitely saves us from going out too.
And hooray for frozen pizza and mac-n-cheese back-ups! We attend three times a week and we often find ourselves stopping for something before our after service. We are moving in the coming weeks — I happen to be sitting at the airport awaiting my flight back home after a visit to our new location. Church will be 10 minutes from home — we could even walk. But the thing that truly scares me is the abundance of places to eat nearby. We have tended to use meals out for celebrations, but like you noted, we celebrate everything.
My goal is to be more explicit and mindful about eating out. I definitely subscribe to your tactic of keeping something easy in the freezer! Skillet meals and frozen pizzas are my go-tos there. Skillet meals are, again, not healthy, but I usually add additional frozen veggies to them. And, they will do in a pinch. The trap we fall into with eating out is social occasions. FW can churn out on repeat for weeknights. Would you mind sharing some of your most frugal recipes with us?
I am eyeing that caprese salad and hummus. Our Epically Frugal Lunch Recipe. FW about writing up some more: Our favorite emergency food: Boil a bag and put them over greens topped with EVOO and parmesan. Thanks for the tip, neighbor. In fact, we have a slot in our freezer that as far as I can tell is the perfect size, and only useful for storing frozen pizza http: Our other go-to backup meal is instant ramen. Everybody likes a hot bowl of tasty sodium right?
We like to spruce it up with frozen veggies and frozen dumplings; the prep work still only involves boiling water, but it comes out tasting and looking like a complete meal: Haha, I love the frozen pizza slot! If I come home from a long, stressful day which is quite frankly most days the last thing I want to do is stand around the kitchen cooking. Frugalwoods, I am a 24yr old recent college grad. I currently work at Starbucks and occasionally babysit for a family I used to nanny for.
All that to say, I have a question. I feel bad saying no. Maybe I need to buckle down and just commit? But I think you can maximize both if you get a little creative. And your friends will totally understand what you are trying to do. I admire your frugal eating habits, many of which are adopted in our household as well. Just like you, I would never compromise the quality of the ingredients that go into my cooking. Hence, I try to buy organic and locally grown as much as I can, since we much prefer home cooked meals made with quality ingredients than restaurant food going out reserved for special occasions only, if ever.
I do extend the same principles when it comes to food quality to my dog. Kibble, even grain free, is subpar, albeit cheap and convenient, pet food choice: No wonder my husband and I eat out all the time! We seldom eat out expense, plus watching what we eat.
Also, in the summer when we grill out, I always fill the grill. Then, I take each food and portion it out into meal-size portions, wrap it in saran and aluminum foil, label it, and freeze. When it comes dinner time, I just yank out a pre-cooked meat, nuke it min. I love to cook, just not every night. And instead of jarred spaghetti sauce high in sodium and sugars , I just cut up some veggies, saute for min. Add parmesan to thicken, and voila—homemade sauce in under 10 min.
Tastes better and better for you and WAY cheaper. You can cook and large pot of regular rice, strain, portion and freeze. Tastes as if you just cooked it and saves lots of time. I am finding that month 2 of cooking meals in is getting to me. The first month was a game — wow we went this long without eating out. What do you do when you hit those moments of throwing in the towel?
I would and could never be cheap. Sorry, just bad form. I think some meal-planning tips are really all I need. Checking out a new place is exciting. Like I said, my motivation is health. Some of your tips are helpful. Mostly, I find are too cheap a lifestyle for me. Unless you are eating at very high-end restaurants or are eating very simple foods when you eat out, there is a VERY good chance that you are eating food that is very heavily processed. It might be true for some things, like seafood.
Just found your blog. Love this whole idea. We as a family of 3 have a horrible habit of eating out. I have many excuses small, ridiculous kitchen, hating the amount of dishes, not liking leftovers, etc.
With church an hour away and small group 30 more from church , we find ourselves stuck. And, since that usually takes around an hr, we have more time to spend in limbo from about 1: Favourites include lentil sloppy joes, squash soup, and black beans for tacos.
Only place sit down restaurant we eat out occasionally is Golden Corral breakfast buffet. The variety is unbeatable. Most of the time I carry a couple vaccum thermos with brewed iced tea or coffee and take food with me. Plus my home brewed tea and iced coffee taste way better than their over priced drinks and I do love Starbucks tumblers but I buy all mine at garage sales and thrift stores average price.
Starbucks Tumblers are a perfect example of that wasteful consumer stupidity. As we were leaving, we saw a plump mouse trying to scamper in through the doors we were exiting thru! We also ate out when unexpectedly — waiting excessively long almost 2 hrs! Santa apologized for making us wait so long, and I apologized for not buying any photos, and we skedaddled…!
But one thing we still do is socialize with friends. The reason we are so frugal is to be able to enjoy the experiences that matter to us. Then we can purchase a growler, which is a refillable dark jug, to take home. When we just eat out with friends we often just order something very healthy, drink water, and avoid buying extras.
Pubs are best for the occasional beer, while restaurants really jack up their prices on all forms of drinks, plus they push those extra salads, appetizers, and desserts. I am in the middle of your Frugal Challenge and just read this email. This is a huge area for us that we have been cutting back. We were able to use some gift cards.
I have been planning our meals or at least our ingredients and really making it work. There has been dinner on the table no matter what. I grocery shopped Friday afternoon and realized that there was no way I could cook after working and shopping so we had frozen pizza. Thanks for the challenge. It is helping me to not spend money. Eating out is probably my biggest weakness preventing me from cutting back.
However, after analyzing our expenses, this is an area where we could really benefit from and also a more low hanging fruit. Thanks for all the tips! We used to eat out several times a week. One day we decided to review our budget. I could not believe how much money we were spending eating out. It does not hurt to use coupons. I always have in the freezer hot-dogs, hamburgers and fries for a urgency of eating junk food when I had a not so good day at work… At least, I add a lot of vegetables salad, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, coleslaw, etc to it!
I have two greyhounds, and am an aspiring frugal individual. I make my own pesto which has much more protn than shop bought. I grow a long row of and am lucky to have a walnut tree in the garden to help out the pine nuts. I use whole meal quinoa and parsley or spinach pasta which is more interesting and cooks quicker than normal pasta. I keep tins of bio pulses and use them to make quick healthy filling soups, which freeze well. Their variety keeps boredom away.
When ever I boil potatoes I cook twice as many as I need and use them the next day. I sauté them with burgers or make potato salad. I have a slow cooker which is small, but I can prepare a meal early in the day when I am less tired. My secret weapon for the rare occasions when I have the strength to invite is my Raclette machine. I just bake lots of potatoes, open jars of onions and cornichons and provide ready sliced Raclette cheese. I live in the south of France: We just started Frugal Month thanks for all the support emails!
We live in Portland, OR food mecca of the world around some of the most tasty wonderful restaurants imaginable and in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in close proximity to such restaurants. And, we LOVE these restaurants. We are transitioning, with frugal month, from probably times a week of eating out to zero. Any advice on habit changes for kids? Here I am, sitting in a food court, eating a poutine and a slice of pizza. I started being mindful and wondered why am I doing this? Then I found your website.
How do you handle car trips and running errands? Do you keep things on-hand to take with you or prepare a picnic-type setup? For more on this strategy, check out this post: Do the almonds, granola, pb sandwiches, apple slices etc become dinner? I have a hard time with this because dinners should be warm and hearty.
I wish I was better at this whole food thing. How often do you grocery shop and what day s? I want to buy all the nice pretty green fresh veggies in the cold section but have no idea how or what to cook them with so my family will eat them.
I constantly see grocery lists for healthy foods but ok so what part of those are the breakfast lunch and dinners? We grocery shop once a week and I have a few more recent posts that I think will help answer your questions: If not, can I have it?
I am drooling over here. We are one month into our goal of a year of not eating out. So far so good, but some Chicken Chili would definitely help. Thanks for all you do! Batch cooking results in multiple serves that you can save as full meal-sized portions or smaller sizes to have with several other small-sized portions for variety. The only downside is you do need to have the freezer space and freezer-safe containers which can be a challenge if you have multiple people in the house all batch cooking different things.
I found this post a few months ago. Another motivator for us to stop eating out is bad service or quality. There are many good restaurant employees who work very hard! Waiting 20 minutes just to be acknowledged by someone, being ignored for long periods when a restaurant is mostly empty, eye-rolls and disgruntled looks when we have simple requests. My husband once listened to two employees argue over who would serve him.
He had been driving all day for his job at the time. He was tired and sweaty, so they assumed that he would be too cheap to leave a good tip. Hello from Virginia Beach, VA. Great blog, great writing! Unfortunately I have a partner that is not on the band wagon. It takes a while to eat and I sit and relax.
Spray butter helps keep the calorie count down. Thanks for leaving me feel inspired again. Your email address will not be published. A tasty Caprese Salad with homemade bread. FW zesting a lemon for homemade hummus. Frugal Hound getting a treat.
Eating brunch out for my birthday a few years ago. Look for your first Uber Frugal Month email in your inbox shortly. They could build a whole business off of these things. Finally, the protein shake … against our better judgment and experience with protein shakes, we made it according to the instructions on the package, which advised us to pour the powder into a glass, add 8 to 10 ounces of cold water, stir or shake well, and enjoy.
We tried again with a bit of cashew milk and, more importantly, a blender and found it to be really nice though. It had a good, chocolatey flavor and the cashew milk gave the whole thing a milkshake sort of vibe.
According to the packaging, the shakes contain 18 grams of protein, 5 grams of acacia fiber a prebiotic , naturally occurring caffeine, and 20 percent of your recommended daily value of a whole slew of vitamins and minerals. And frankly, those cashews alone were enough to get us to give Good Habit Box our seal of approval.
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