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April Challenge - No Eating Out

April 3rd, 2018 at 05:26 am

DH suggested we completely save our $50 eating out budget for April to combine with May's so we can go out to a nice anniversary dinner. It's quite the challenge for us to go a whole month without eating out, but we're going to give it the old college try.

We've implemented a few household organization tips around cleaning the litter box and dinner. We each now have an assigned litter box day. This way, it gets cleaned 3 times a week, but each of us only has to clean it once a week. We only started yesterday, but so far so good. In terms of food, I've begun planning out that week's meals on the white board during the weekend. I am also now assigning one of us to cook it, so we can all refer to the meal plan and know who's responsible for what. Once it's been in place for a few weeks, if someone forgets to take care of it, they still have to provide dinner somehow.

Meals this week have been slow cooker potato/celery soup and sweet-n-sour chicken. Tonight, I'm using some frozen veggie/chicken nuggets in an attempt at some sort of chicken parm casserole. My best friend had made me these carrot/chicken chicken nuggets to help me eat veggies back when I was pregnant. They were very dry and didn't turn out well (she was experimenting...). I feel bad letting them go to waste, so I'm hoping that dousing them in tomato sauce and cheese will make them palatable.

The remainder of the week will be as follows:
W: Turkey soup (from freezer so bro is reheating it)
Th: Leftovers
F: Rice and fish
Sa: Lemon Garlic Chicken over pasta with salad

I will need to do a grocery shop this weekend for lunch add-ons/produce to round out the meals. This is the first month that I'm really trying to stick to our $250 grocery budget, so hopefully, we can do it.

I'm feeling really good about our finances for the first time in a while. We still have a huge uphill climb, but it's looking positive.

5 Responses to “April Challenge - No Eating Out”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Meal planning will help a lot in not eating out and staying in budget. Cheering for you!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    As CCF said, meal planning is the key.

    A few years ago I read this book and it was pretty interesting. It is "The Art of Eating in: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove" by Cathy Erway. Our library had it and hopefully yours will as well. She attempted to go about a year without eating out once she discovered how much she was spending eating out.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'd be in 7th heaven if I could get my DH to clean the litterboxes more than whenever I've bugged him enough ...(and that's only the basement ones)

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