As promised, 6 tips to help you eat out less.

Even though this article is written for moms, I think it’s applicable to just about everyone. I especially like the tip for cooking double and freezing the second meal for later. I mean the stove is already on, right?
Also, it got me thinking about this eating out thing differently. Maybe instead of giving my family a “x times” per week goal, the hubs and I should decide on a specific amount we’re comfortable spending each month and go from there. We could even take it a step further and operate dinner out on the envelope system. We could keep the amount of cash we agree to spend in an envelope, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Ooh! And if we had extra at the end of the month, it could go into a special envelope for a super nice dinner out.

I’m going to have to think of this one some more. The more I think about it, the more I’m beginning to wonder if the envelope system would take away from the mindset that eating out should be a treat. And what happens after we spend all but the last $10? Would we then going to McD’s so we could stay under budget? Not in line with the whole clean up your eating goal. Hmmm what do you think?

Happy Friday everyone! I’ll give you our weekly recap this weekend, and share a recipe or two that I tried.

One thought on “As promised, 6 tips to help you eat out less.

  1. Depends on your reason for not eating out. If you are looking at strictly budgetary reasons, why not set your food budget for the week for restaurants and home cooked meals. Then, when that is gone, it’s gone and whatever is left over can be saved for an extra nice meal or another splurge? So, if you have to get nuggets from Chik-Fil-a or a concession stand meal, that comes out of your date night money? But, if you did great on groceries that week, it might not be a big deal.

    However, if you are trying to create a family culture that is more centered around home meals, then you are right: sticking with a number of times per week is a better idea. And if that is your goal, every time you don’t meet your ideal is a learning opportunity. Just like I’d bet you did as a teacher, use reflection to plan what you can do different next time.

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