Not going out to eat this month pretty much sucks. I think it sucks worse because I said I can’t go out to eat. You know, like when you start a diet and you decide you aren’t eating sweets, and you are all like: “GIve me all the thin mints in the world right now!!”
We really don’t eat out that often…as a family once a week, maybe. And that might even only be Wednesday night supper at church. I look forward to at least one meal a week where I don’t cook/clean. Yes, my kids and husband help, but going out to eat feels like a big luxury to me and I just really enjoy it. But– I had gotten into a habit of eating out for lunch almost daily, then eating out for dinner a few times a week also. I absolutely love eating out…but that is entirely too much! Too much food and too much money. I was hoping to save enough money this month to go on a cruise to Alaska, but it might look more like a new pair of lulu pants.
I wish I could say that I have eaten every single meal at home. Almost…but not the case. I have found a few ways to sneak around this Project 12.
My mom and I go to lunch every Thursday. It is a tradition that I love and want to continue. So, we had our lunch date at Which Wich. I had a gift card that a friend gave me…you don’t have to leave a tip there, so I didn’t spend any of my money.
My friends and I met at Cantina 1511 for lunch. (Yes. This is our table…. see why I love going out to eat?) I had a Living Social deal that I bought last month, so I was able to throw that in and they were sweet enough to cover the tip! There are ways around!
I don’t even know if you would consider these “cheats”. I don’t think they justify as a cheat since I technically didn’t spend any money. And it was awesome.
I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment on the blog! How often do you eat out? Do you consider what I did a “cheat”?