Help us get this food budget under control.
December 27, 2012 1:34 AM Subscribe
Our eating out spending is out of control. We obviously have a problem with planning and making meals at home. What have you done that's helped you?
We're a couple in our late 20s, both with great jobs that pay well but keep us very busy.
I just crunched some numbers to see where our money was going. We're doing well with savings and investments, but we're spending a ridiculous amount on eating out -- about $1100 a month. Husband and I are both shocked and ashamed at that number.
Obviously we need to get this under control, both for health and financial reasons. While we can, technically, afford it, we'd both much rather see that number go to savings or to a nice vacation.
We've done the weekly meal plan thing before, but each time, work gets busier and our plans fall to the wayside. The fact that we don't drive, but instead walk/cycle to the supermarket tends not to help matters (we can't buy more than we can carry home).
I'm looking for tips on how to make sure this doesn't happen again. How do you plan your meals? How do you keep them interesting, and motivate yourself to cook when it's so much easier to just go have brunch?
Please, no judgement. A few years ago, we were basically living on the amount we now spend on food, and I'm ashamed enough that I have to ask a question like this.