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post #21 of 120
What if we get fast food for free? Because I get free Taco Bell. Do I have to give that up?

If not, I'm in! I spend way too much money eating out.
post #22 of 120
Our family really does need to do a "no eating out". It feels like all we do is eat out lately, and it's killing our budget.

So we are going to be 100% no eating out (unless it is a mystery shop, since I have several scheduled for July already, and I'll be reimbursed for them anyway).
post #23 of 120
I'm in. SO, what are y'all doing for alternatives?

We've been doing homeade pizza friday nights. The kids actually prefer it to takeout. And i'm happy because I get to make whole wheat dough and cover the pizza with tons of sauce and fresh veggies. Plus I make homeade breadsticks...just put the leftover dough (I make double batches) in a greased cake pan, cut into breadstick size pieces. Then drizzle with melted butter/margarine and sprinkle with Salad Supreme. Bake til golden and then after you pull it out of the oven, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. YUM.

For the ice cream, a gallon bucket is so much cheaper. I buy those mini kid cones and toppings. Then my kids each get a bowl with whatever they want on it and a couple small cones, they use their spoon to make their own mini-cones.

I'd love to hear what everyone else is doing for those "fun" meals.
post #24 of 120
As I type this, I already know that we won't stick to it. My DH is just *such* a bad influence when it comes to this.

You know what? I think we'll limit ours to one take-out and one dine-out a week. That sounds like a lot, but trust me, it's not for us.

I'm going to have to get frozen pizzas and such so that we won't be tempted to run to Sonic or whatever.
post #25 of 120
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 2Sweeties1Angel View Post
What if we get fast food for free? Because I get free Taco Bell. Do I have to give that up?
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It's just about spending money on take out or eating out - free eating out I'm all for! Well, I'm not a big fan of taco bell, but...

Our typical 'feeling too lazy / tired / late to make dinner' meal is usually either pancakes or omlets.
post #26 of 120
My DP and I just bought a new car, we outgrew our old one and we realize we need to compensate by cutting out unnecessary expenses. Our biggest one for sure is dining out!

Typically we go out to eat about 1-3x a week and do carryout 1-2x a week. In the past month, 7% of our income went to eating out, way way too much!

We're starting slow - we're doing a 2 week challenge. We've stocked the car with snacks, we eat before we leave the house to go out, and we veto one another if one of us asks to just stop by Chipotle!

Good luck everyone
post #27 of 120
I was tempted to create a new username for this challenge...

June's eating out total (up to the 27th): $733.15
Jan - June: $2720.70

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June was our worst month so far this year, but still, if you average the first half of this year it's about $450 a month We need to make some serious reductions.

I'm in... obviously.

I'll post later about what I think (part of) my problem might be...
post #28 of 120
I will join for the fun, but its not much of a challenge because we dont eat out much! BUT, since we started our remodeling project, we have done a ton of take out so when I get my new kitchen next week, I can post ideas for you ladies. Maybe get that outdoor grill going....
post #29 of 120
anthasam. I'll have to have my DH add it up in his Excel file, but I'd guess we're around $1500 for the year. It may be higher than that if you consider food eaten out on vacations. I love eating out almost as much as I love cooking. Ok, I just love food. But I have a very weak spot for restaurant food that I can't cook nearly as well at home, like ethnic food.
post #30 of 120
It's not July yet, but it's payday which means I eat out with whatever kids are with me for dinner.

Today we didn't. I figure why wait 2 days when I can start today, right.

I would have spent $24 for us to eat, instead I bought one of those rotisserie chickens & we had sandwiches at home.

I am taking the girls to DQ tomorrow or the next day, but I have 3 coupons so they will get their thing for free. I am going to remind myself how dairy & I don't get along real well.

Tues nights, my plan is to go with the ladies from my meeting but not order anything. of course there's an extra Tues in July this year.lol

I figure if I don't eat out I'll save $131 this month(3 paydays, 4 tues nights by myself & 1 with the girls)
post #31 of 120
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Originally Posted by Jennisee View Post
anthasam. I'll have to have my DH add it up in his Excel file, but I'd guess we're around $1500 for the year. It may be higher than that if you consider food eaten out on vacations. I love eating out almost as much as I love cooking. Ok, I just love food. But I have a very weak spot for restaurant food that I can't cook nearly as well at home, like ethnic food.
We (well, me, really!) use Quicken and I track *ALL* eating out under the Dining category. I even track when use extra ATM cash for eating or Dunkin' coffee pitstops!

Ugh. So here is what I think is part of the problem:

Before I was pregnant w/DD, I/we ate breakfast in the car on the way to work. Lunch was a salad or sandwich at work and dinner was cooked when we got home. Fast forward to today: DD is 2, I SAH and DH WAH. I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner! I think I'm burned out.

Breakfasts are cooked and lunches are cooked/assembled, then by the time dinner rolls around, I'm ready to let someone else cook (Please, don't read into this that DH doesn't help even though he's home -- he does, but that just means that he's ready to eat out for dinner too!!)

DD is really just getting excited about foods, so I don't want to skimp on breakfast or lunches, but on the other hand, man, I don't feel like making dinner these days!
post #32 of 120
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Originally Posted by anthasam View Post
Breakfasts are cooked and lunches are cooked/assembled, then by the time dinner rolls around, I'm ready to let someone else cook (Please, don't read into this that DH doesn't help even though he's home -- he does, but that just means that he's ready to eat out for dinner too!!)!
I can totally relate to this, I end up having my husband cook too much considering he works so hard at work supporting us. I do better if I rely on more no cook / convenience foods for breakfast and lunch. It's not super frugal, but at the same time, if it avoids a $25 dinner, it does save something in the end.
post #33 of 120
I know exactly what you are talking about. I make breakfast and lunch for DD and me, and often also for my teenage brother. It's also garden season, and by the time I spend a couple hours blanching, freezing, and canning produce, I just don't want to look at the stove any more, LOL.

This thread did help already, though. DD and I are getting ready to go for a hike and we hadn't had lunch yet, so I was just going to grab some drive-through on the way out. But I decided to check this thread, felt guilty , and fixed leftovers instead.

It also helped that before I went to bed last night, I wrote a list of possible snack ideas for today. So, after whining that we had nothing to eat that sounded good, I looked at the list, and thought, "Oh, I forgot about the grapes. And I guess a leftover brat doesn't sound so bad after all." I think I need to make the list a habit.

Ok, I really have to get off the computer now and go for our hike. The weather is too beautiful to stay inside.
post #34 of 120
Okay, I'm adding up my total here.

Since May 19, we've spent $451.47 on eating out. That doesn't count the times we used cash, just the times we used the debit card. I'd say we've spent another $100 in cash on eating out. So about $550 in 1 month 10 days. CRAZY. I'd say we could use some help here.
post #35 of 120
I'm in. The hardest part will be keeping my DH in line, as he's home now full time for the summer. He's the worst for offering to buy me something at Starbucks, or picking up a hotdog at Costco (luckily I don't eat those). But I'm in, as tricky as it will be.
post #36 of 120
Count me in as well
post #37 of 120
I'm in. I'm not totalling up how much we've spent on eating out so far...I don't really want to know. I just know it's a lot and it needs to STOP.
post #38 of 120
i've never posted in this forum - but when i saw this thread in the new posts, i knew it was my calling! i'm in. we may go on a bit of a camping trip (with a ten hour drive each way) the third weekend in july, so that may cause some trouble. or perhaps it just requires some creativity?

since school stopped a few weeks ago, i've made a consistent effort not to buy a coffee every day - which is working out well so far. i'm not sure i'll be able to stick to it come september, but perhaps by then i'll be solid in my brew-at-home behavior?

post #39 of 120
Count me in. I started to do a YTD total of all our eating out and couldn't access my VISA, which is where most of the restaurant expenses go, any further back than April. So here's my June total: $225, not counting cash that I'm not remembering or that DH spent.

This is horrifying, considering how we've been trying to save money. So I'm in for this challenge with one caveat: Next week, when we're on the road, I will take my DDs out for one meal out. There's one day when we'll be out and about ALL DAY, two hours from where we're staying, and I'll probably need the option to eat out for dinner that day.

This and a grocery challenge, and I might be in better shape.

--Anne
post #40 of 120
Okay, so it's not July, yet. But we've had some excellent free food scores this weekend!

We bought coffees with a coffee card that DH got for a Christmas gift.

My aunt cooked us a lovely dinner tonight.

Tomorrow we're going to a free pancake breakfast for Canada Day.

Ch-ching! All free!
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