Dine for less.
How much do you think you spend on food everyday?
Being aware of how much you are spending and what you are spending money on are the first steps in gaining control over your dining expenses. It is easy to eat out most days for lunch when you are working so hard at your job daily. It’s also easy to overbuy at the grocery store when you are fresh out of work and starving as you lurk down every isle. And honestly, who can turn down the invite to the office happy hour at the restaurant down the street?
As we know…it all adds up!
There are many techniques that can help you to budget when it comes to eating out and grocery shopping. Making lists is one of the most effective and versatile techniques.
For example, set a limit of how many times that you can go out to eat each month. Then, make a bucket list of the places that you want to visit…but pick no more than two from the list for that month.
Also, you can make a list of meals that you want to make for lunch and dinner each week. When you prepare your grocery lists around only the food you need to make your specific meals, you resist wasting money on food that you don’t need.
The Frugal Chef Challenge invites you to track your food expenses for April. Use an app or a piece of paper. It doesn’t matter. This includes groceries and eating out, including coffee and other snacks.