Well, don’t I just sound like I’m taking all the fun and joy out of my life? And what’s up with 95%? Keep reading…
Not really. When I chose to leave my previous job for the unknown future, we created a budget that would meet all our financial responsibilities and allow us to save a little. We also had to make some decisions on things we could live without. One of those was “No Eating Out.” There are other reasons, as well.
First. We would eat out A LOT. Most nights in fact and that’s pretty expensive, even though we stuck to places like Chipotle and Panda Express where you can get a decent meal for under $20. As I started to evaluate what we were getting for our money (and having someone prepare your meal is worth money), I just couldn’t justify going out to eat. For $20, I can buy enough food for 4 meals. Yes, I am paying for more than just the food when I go out and there will be times when I do that, but not every night.
Second. For me, it’s harder to control my weight when I eat out. (It’s hard for me to control my weight period, but when I eat out it’s more difficult.) It’s hard to make healthy choices when the menu looks so appetizing. I gobble everything on my plate, wonder why I’m so full, vow to never do that again and forget that vow right before the next time I eat out.
Third. I really like cooking and I haven’t done it in a while. I love looking for new recipes, planning how I’m going to stretch a whole bag of frozen chicken to last through 3 recipes, looking for inventive ways to take out the wheat from all our favorite meals and coming up with a weeks worth of dinners.
Obviously there are going to be those times, when a meal out is going to happen. In fact, I’m going to lunch with a friend tomorrow and really looking forward to it. I’m aiming for 95% of time we eat at home. That will make a world of difference for us.
“This is me ‘eating out'” ~Ellie