I have been trying very hard to stop eating out. It goes without saying that eating at home saves you a ton of money, but sometimes I am surprised to see how much. Take tonight, for example. I was making my husband’s lunch for the following day when I realized how many meals we’d gotten out of some steak I’d bought. The same forty dollars I could spend on a meal at a restaurant—and it could rack up even higher than that with our two girls—for one meal can provide many, many meals when put to use at a grocery store. Particularly if I’m making very thrifty meals.
This isn’t news to anyone, of course, it’s logical that buying ingredients is cheaper than having meals already prepared for you at a restaurant. So, with that in mind why does it seem so hard to resist the urge to eat out? I don’t know about you, but I guess the main thing is not having to cook! Not having to clean up is a bonus, too.
However, in my old age I am starting to realize the value of the food I am feeding my family. If I cook at home not only do I save money, but it’s healthier, and usually tastes better, too! Tonight I made dinner and not only did it feed us this evening, but both my husband and I have lunch tomorrow, too. Money well spent.
I will be the first to admit that I have my days where I just don’t want to cook. Tonight was one of them, in fact. But you know what, I am just so tired of eating out and basically flushing money down the drain. $10 for a plate of pasta? Really? I am tired of letting food go bad, and having to throw it away, which literally is money down the drain.
So here are some techniques I have been using to help me stick to cooking at home. I write a menu out. It doesn’t really matter if I make pot roast on Monday, just because it’s on the list doesn’t make it law or anything. But it does keep me with a good idea of what we have in the house, and I keep it on the fridge so that it’s nearby. It makes it difficult to complain there’s nothing to make. Also, it’s handy because if I really don’t want to cook I can ask my hubby for help, and he can just look at the list to know what we have and what he wouldn’t mind making.
The second thing I’m doing—and I admit you might not find it helpful—is just making myself do it. Tonight, I did not feel like cooking, but I knew I would feel like it even less the longer I waited. Even though my husband wasn’t due to be home for over an hour I went ahead and got up and pulled ingredients out. I chopped here and mixed there, and by the time he came home it was nearly done, so there was no excuse.
If you have any tips, let me know!!