Hubby and I are trying this month to limit our eating out. This is the plan he made:
For each paycheck we will be allowed to have 2 at-work meals and 2 eating together meals. That means 4 at-work meals altogether and 2 eating together meals = 6 meals total.
October we spent $230 eating out... but in November we spent about $330 eating out. November was what made us go "okay this is ridiculous". This month we have spent $60 so far eating out. If we spend another $60 for the next pay period, we should be able to spend only $120. I'm tempted to just take out $60 on Friday, divide it into half for hubby and I, and be like "Ok, this is our eating out money for this week." If we stick to $120 this month, that will mean eating out has been cut by at least half.
Oh, and I am happy to cook more if it means that the temperature of the house gets raised by 8 degrees since I'm getting into the habit of opening the oven after cooking to let the leftover heat go into the air.
My challenge to myself? Spend only $220 on everything from stores. This includes groceries and cvs and whatever random shopping urge that comes over me. This includes eating out (Gifts and gas for driving are already budgeted so don't have to worry about those!)
I spent $7.22 this morning for milk, pepsi max, and newspapers. Saved $2.93
Eating out so far: $60
Spent Overall: $67.22
Money Left: $152.78