By: Nikki Nies
How often do you eat out? Once a week? 3-4 times a week?
I’m not here to judge your number, but to remind you of the long-lasting impact of eating out.
Regular out of the house eating can add up quickly money wise. Also, it can increase one’s waist circumference as fast food is more fattening and higher in sodium than home-made foods. With larger portions served, it’s understandable how people could overeat, especially if thinking ” I already paid for this.”
For the next month, I challenge you to not change you’re meal routine, but start writing down how often you eat out, where you go and how much was spent. Yes, that includes take out and lunch meals.
Once you’ve calculated how much you’re spending, just think where that money could be better allocated? Have you been struggling to pay some bills? Perhaps, reallocating money to bills and limiting eating out to once a week will suffice?
Besides, having kids help in the kitchen is an integral life skill they need to learn, so why not start now? If you’re skeptical to get into the kitchen, start out slow and practice will make you more confident in the kitchen. With a limited budget and no parents to cook for me, since moving to IL, I’ve been forced to cook for myself. If I can do it, you can too. There’s so many recipes online to help you.
Check out my previous post on Quick Prep, Slow Cooker if you’re crunched for time and want dinner waiting for you when you get home.