It’s time for a no dining out update! It’s been 2 months since we gave up dining out in 2018.
In case you missed it, in an effort to save an additional $10,000 this year, we decided to give up dining out, take out, and take-out coffee. Get all the details in this post.
A lot of you have asked how we are doing so I figured I’d let you know! BTW- if you want more personal communication from me, sign up for my email list. I send out emails about every other month about random life events, deals, and fun ways to save money. Sign up here.
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No Dining Out Update
My husband and I both love to look through our credit card and bank statements. Before having kids, I’d get up every Saturday morning and look through our spending for the week to see if we stayed on budget. Now that we have kids, Tom does this for us and even pays off our credit card several times a week. Even though I relate to the debt free community, I’ll never understand why so many people who are financially savvy fail to use credit cards correctly! That is another post for another time though- stay tuned for that.
How much we saved
Anyway, I woke up early to look through our credit card statement from last January to compare it to this January.
We spent an extra $286.41 last year.
This doesn’t take into consideration Tom’s work lunches or our travel expenses. Tom’s lunches get reimbursed and my food while traveling sometimes gets reimbursed, in fact all of it from last January was reimbursed.
Does this even make a difference?
Sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth it to cut out these expenses. In the grand scheme of our budget, $300 isn’t huge. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a small amount either. It all adds up fast!
A few things to consider:
- We are making more money in 2018 than 2017 thanks to a Tom getting a raise and me making more on this blog.
- We now have 3 kids instead of 2.
- Our boys are old enough to eat more now.
Overall, I feel like an extra $300 is pretty good considering we have another baby!
While we are attempting to spend less this year, in reality we will probably spend just as much if not more in order to feed, diaper, and clothe our growing family. We are hoping that the extra money we are making this year can go to savings.
What I’m learning
It’s funny how my friends seem to be more affected by this than I do. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit and I can say that I’m pretty much out of the habit of relying on drive through, take out, and Starbucks.
I’ve learned that I was doing all of these things out of habit, not because I wanted to. I’ve been cooking more, trying new recipes, and drinking pretty good coffee at home.
We still get our fix
The fun part about my job is that I’m still dining out quite a bit. So far this year I’ve worked with Burger Fi, Carrabbas, and a new local restaurant called Dorona. I’ve eaten pretty well for someone who isn’t dining out.
We also enjoyed dining out during our last trip to Disney. We completely justified spending money on food because I get a lot of perks as a travel writer. Our room was free, and we only had to buy one ticket for Disney because two of our tickets were comped. I love having a side hustle that can feed my travel addiction!
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We’ve messed up once
Over the span of 2 months we have only given in and messed up once.
I say “we” because Tom has actually caved and taken the kids to get fast food several times. He loves to treat the kids to Taco Bell and Chick-fil-a on days where he picks them up from school.
The one time that we goofed was when we bought delivery pizza. We don’t even have an excuse. We just really wanted delivery pizza.
Even though we haven’t been perfect, we’ve saved a good amount of money and we’ve only messed up a couple of times.
Hopefully we can stay on this great path for 10 more months. Wish us luck!
Have you ever done anything like this to save money? What tips do you have to share?