- What was the experiment
As seen above I spent $50 on dining bills. Below is the snapshot for my eat-out spending for May '09 when I spent $124 on dining:
That's a $74 savings straight-away! While many people consider 74 bucks as just a mere amount, I see it as my 8-months Netflix bill :)
- How I did it
I cook (almost) every night and take lunch box to work, this habit saves me enough already. In May '09 I joined several friends to get on to roads for some beautiful and eventful trips, and my wallet was slain there. In June '09 I went on 3 road trips but still the results are in my favor.
Here are few things I made sure to put to action:
- cook at home regularly
- eat properly before leaving home (for work, shopping, etc.)
- while on a road trip, prefer coffee with sugar at a service station. Sugar energizes (and satiates) you while coffee lets you keep going
- meet with friends at home and plan to cook and eat together inside, it's pure frugal fun
- (@trenttsd suggests) stop at a grocery shop while on a trip than at a diner
- next time you shop groceries buy something that you really savor when you crave. Use it to control your eat-out yearnings
- if you should go out, then order something you were longing to eat. Satisfaction is a m ust when it comes to taste fellas ;)
- So where did I spend
So where did I spend those $50 and when did I spend them. I am not sure how clear will the following image be once it's published:
This is the list of my dining bills for June '09. As you can see I mostly had coffee and that was when I was driving ;) Secondly Cold Stone which I miss these days was another venue. Panera Bread and Formosa Chinese were where I went to had some real meal with friends.
Julia @BargainBabe.com, with her numerous readers, is observing a spending moratorium month in July '09 that started yesterday. If you feel motivated enough, give it a try and join BargainBabe this month.
Have you ever considered such experiment? How did it go? What do you think of such activities? Please leave a comment.