After the holidays we all know the budgets seem to get a bit tighter. Today I have teamed up with 9 other savvy bloggers to bring you saving tips for the new year and a chance to win a $250 give card to Amazon.com. Woot Woot!!
My money saving tip is all about food! Graham and I have realized that we go out to eat ALL. THE. TIME. We have tried to convince ourselves that the habit isn’t out of control, but our bank account doesn’t lie. Our main expenses come from eating out. It’s pretty crazy actually. We don’t have kids yet, so it’s rather easy for us to just get up and go grab some food. It’s partly my fault because I will be the first to admit I don’t like to cook. In fact, I don’t like it at all! I would much rather be DIYing, blogging, perusing Pinterest, you get the idea.
After realizing how bad our eating out habit was, we made the decision that in 2014 we would do our best to EAT IN MORE. It’s so simple yet we know it will be really hard. Mainly for me because that means I will have to make an intense meal schedule. I’m not the best planner, especially when it comes to things I don’t enjoy doing, so sticking to a meal schedule will not be the easiest. This means I will have to not only plan my meals, but also compose a rather intense grocery store list as well. I also hate going to the grocery store… so this should be interesting.
Another problem I have is impulse buying or just grabbing whatever item I see first (regardless of the price). Since I hate going to the store, I typically just try to get in and out as fast as I can. I don’t look at prices, and since I don’t normally make a list, I tend to buy items I don’t need and FORGET items I DO need. Ugh. It’s bad y’all. Real bad. So another tip is to make a list. Or more of a “note to self” since I’m sure I’m the ONLY person who doesn’t make lists.
So lets review…
1. Limit eating out to just 4 times a week – 2 lunch meals and 2 dinner meals.
2. NO eating out during the week days. JUST on the weekends.
3. Make a meal schedule and stick to it!
4. Make a list for the store
And just an FYI, in a few weeks I will be designing and posting a meal schedule template for you all to download, so make sure to stop on by for the freebie!
Today I am teaming up with 9 other wonderful bloggers who are sharing a few of their money saving tips. Make sure to head on over to their blogs to see other ways to save money (Just click on the image above)!
We are also offering a $250 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below:
I have also announced the winner for the Mohawk Home rug giveaway! Congratulations to Natasha Sequeira!! I greatly appreciate all who participated in the giveaway and hope you all enter today’s giveaway as well:)