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Three Ways To Save Money On Eating Out

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Eating out has become the norm for many individuals due to its convenience, which can release stress and provide enjoyment. However, dining out frequently can take a toll on your budget if not managed wisely. Fortunately, you can enjoy eating out without breaking the bank.

 

I do not mean to cut coupons and be restrictive. I want you to enjoy a delicious meal and rest more.

 

In this blog post, we will explore three ways to save money on eating out while enjoying delicious meals.

 

1. Create an experience at home

 

Let’s be honest: we go out to eat because we love experiences, eating different cuisines, and having a good chat over yummy food and drinks!

 

My question to you is, how can you cook foods at home that you enjoy eating out and creating a fun vibe?

 

Follow a recipe, enjoy some wine, and listen to great music! Cooking dinner does not have to be boring. Create an experience where you enjoy cooking and having flirtatious chats with your partner or spicy chats with girlfriends. Making a pizza and everyone being hands-on could be a fun activity. After all, these are experiences someone is charging for and creating an entire business around. Get creative.

 

Cook different cuisines: Spice up the menu!

 

  • Mondays are Burger Mondays.
  • Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays.
  • Wednesdays are Wing Wednesdays.
  • Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays and Nachos.
  • Fridays are Frisky Chilly Friday.

 

You get the geist! Eating at home does not have to be boring; you have meals to look forward to because they are themed!

 

2. Increase your grocery budget

 

By increasing your grocery budget, you can buy foods already prepped and you enjoy. The problem you are solving here is these days when you are out of commission and do not want to cook. Getting take-out is easy, but those fees make your food double the price!

 

Yes, it is more money than cooking but less than eating out.

 

Trader Joe’s makes this very easy!

 

If you crave broccoli beef over white rice, they have a bag you can quickly heat up and be eating within 15 minutes.

 

You can quickly assemble a cheese board with small quantities of cheese and prosciutto.

 

My favorite is the pork dumplings! The idea is that you allow yourself to eat something yummy and different every day. You are quickly solving, for convenience, how to make a meal soon when you are depleted from your day. Increase your grocery budget.

 

3. Set an eating-out budget

 

Be intentional and have fun!

 

Allow yourself to eat out, but set a budget for it and respect the budget. Let’s say you give yourself $200 to eat out a month. Be strategic about how you spend it, and do not go over.

 

What happens when you go over? You borrow from your future to spend more. Is it okay to postpone your freedom for some yummy food? Yikes, I did ask you that! But it is true.

 

Once the eating-out budget is spent, it is gone. However, setting amounts ahead allows you to reach your money goals faster.

 

What it looks like for me:

 

I increased my family’s budget to $600 a month. In this grocery budget, I buy ingredients to cook from scratch, organic items, and meals that are easy to make for those stressful days. We love red meat in our household, and it tends to be more expensive than chicken, so the budget supports meals we enjoy.

 

If I do not use all of the budget, I decide whether to spend it on eating out, send it to savings, invest it, or do something fun!

 

Now, the eating-out budget is separate from the grocery budget. Our monthly eating-out budget is $300. I strategize how we spend it by eating fewer times outside and more expensive or eating out more at a lower cost. I always support myself in my budget to allow for fun and planning ahead.

 

If you combine your grocery and eating-out budgets, you are setting yourself up for failure because your groceries might use your eating-out money.

 

Then, going out to eat is technically considered overspending because it is outside the budget. The last thing you want to do is use money from savings and investments to cover the meals.

 

This is where your brain might tell you, “You are bad with money,” which is not true! You just did not plan for it, but that does not make you “bad with money.” It is an easy fix.

 

When we work together:

 

  • I help you create a budget that works for you and allows you to have fun
  • I help you set goals and add them to your budget to ensure you are meeting your money goals
  • I help you focus on being present while you prepare for your future and build your dream life

 

If this resonates with you, I invite you to work with me! I want to help you reach your money goals faster and experience less stress daily. Book a sales call.

 

I cannot wait to be part of your journey!

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2 Responses

  1. Love these tips! When we lived in Mexico we did “tasty Tuesdays” where we cooked something together that took more time and effort like enchiladas. I miss that. Time to bring it back!?

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