Stop Eating Out and Save More Money
Do you love to eat out? Then you’re one of the big spenders in the country. In a 2009 Consumer Expenditure Survey of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, an average American spends more than $5,000 on food alone. Around $225 every month is spent on dining out. For a regular wage earner that’s a lot of money. It can already be used to pay off utilities or even credit card debts.
How do you control yourself from eating out? Here are great tips:
1. Pack food. If you have the tendency to feel hunger pangs at any time of the day then it’s advisable that you pack some food with you. You can purchase microwavable containers, so you have the option to reheat the food. To whet your appetite, you can bring along some sauces, packed in a different container, something airtight to avoid spilling.
2. Prepare your meals. One of the reasons why you eat out is you don’t have time to cook your food. What you can do then is to cook them beforehand. As to how early, it depends on you. You can determine the busiest days of the week. If a lot of work comes in during Monday, then you need to prepare your meals on a Saturday or a Sunday. If you really cannot find time during the entire weekday, then make sure you can spend at least a day coming up with your meals on a weekend. You just need to ensure that they are stored properly to avoid spoilage.
3. Improve your cooking skills. Cooking is actually a very engaging activity, especially if you know how to do it. By learning how to cook, you will be encouraged to prepare your own meals. You can enroll in short culinary courses offered by your community college. You can also watch some videos online or just purchase cookbooks and follow directions properly.
4. Dine with your loved ones. Here’s another reason for dining out: you really don’t want to feel alone. It feels so depressing to be sitting on a table and eating your meals all by yourself. So you go out where you can be with the other people, even with strangers.
Use mealtimes as an excuse to catch up on one another’s lives. When you’re terribly busy, you sometimes lose the time to ask how your kids are doing in school or what your spouse’s plans are for the weekend. Togetherness can also be a huge motivator. You will be inspired to come up with delectable meals because you want them to be happy and feel full.
5. Believe that you can do it. Never entertain the thought that it would be too hard for you to achieve. If you feel like giving up, tap on the subliminal messages, which may contain affirmations like “I know I can do this” or “I can control how much I spend on food.” When you feel the urge to dine out, stop and replay these messages over and over.