I definitely did not keep to the plan 100%, but absolutely for sure, ate at home a lot (!) more than I usually would.
What’s shocking is that even eating at home more than usual … there were still quite a few meals out.
What I learned:
1. To build in a pressure – release, ie., to give myself permission to eat out at least once/week. That’s simply acknowledging my ‘real world’.
2. That it requires forethought. I frequently did not have appropriate groceries, and more specifically, I need a lot of grab-and-go stuff. Slow-cooking? Love the concept. Love it. But not in my real world, right now.
3. That it felt a lot better than eating out. Despite the slips, I made a point of eating at home and it felt good. I enjoyed everything about it – liked the food better. Liked being at home better. Liked not spending the money better.
I reckon I saved between $100 – $150. If I got better, that would be at least $200/month = flight to europe and then some, over a year.
Over to my fellow participants! How did you do? Leave a comment, and at the end of the week I’ll draw for the $25.