Money Saving Tips & a $250 Giveaway!!

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.

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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!

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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:

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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:)

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17 thoughts on “Money Saving Tips & a $250 Giveaway!!

  1. Wow — I wish you much luck!!! I like to cook, so we eat in all of the time. In fact, we don’t even eat out four times a week on vacation (renting a home)!! Once you learn good shopping habits, you’ll be amazed by how much money you save. Sounds like you might even save on gas money if you used to go out that often! Looking forward to hearing about your progress! ~Sally @DrinkingFromMySaucer

  2. This is a big one for us this year. We’ve decided less eating out will not only help us save money but me so much better for our health too. It’s going to be a challenge for certain especially on the days my daughter chooses to try to make cooking an impossible task for me. We will be eating more crock pot meals this year!

  3. I so understand the eating out too much thing! We have weird work hours as music teachers (after school until kiddos bedtimes) so our eating schedule is really messed up, making it way easier to grab food out rather than cooking at home. I really dislike cooking too! 🙂 But I also hate blowing our “eating out” budget on fast food or grab and go stuff – I’d rather save it for nicer places on date nights, you know?

    So I gave myself permission to spend more money at the grocery store and stop stressing about being so thrifty there. Having easy to prepare or ready to eat food at home means less temptation to just grab something on the way out or after work. We are by no means “frugal eaters”, but we’ve found something that generally works for us and our schedule!

    1. Yes, I hate spending a lot of money at the grocery store!! I just need to remind myself that buying ingredients for meals might seem more expensive while at the store, but in the long run it’s cheaper than going out to eat!

  4. Eating in is a hard routine to get into, but it’s worth it! Stay dedicated! Spend an hour looking through cooking sites or magazines to get inspired. I’ve found penciling in meals for up to a month in advance is a big time saver. Sounds hardcore, but otherwise all the time I spent looking at ideas was wasted since I’d forget about the meals before the next week came around. Now when I see a recipe to try, I jot it down on the calendar, even if it’s three weeks away (with a reminder of where to find it!). Planning almost gets done by itself. 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness you sound just like my husband and I! I could have written exactly what you said myself. When I start thinking over what we spend.. yikes. It’s decided. We’re now trying to cook more during the week. Luckily the husband gets home 3+ hours before me so he will be cooking. I’ll just have to bring myself to clean the kitchen every evening. If I think of that as paying myself what we would have spent on a meal out for my time.. I think it will be motivation.

  6. The best resolution this year. Eating in more with family and spending less time away (and spending money we don’t have!) It’s a little more work on my part, but worth the effort. And think of all the Pinterest recipes I can actually try!

  7. We’ve also cut way back on eating out because it really does eat into one’s budget. This has gotten easier since we moved to a new neighborhood with few restaurants that appeal to us. Take-out can also be pretty pricy at the better Chinese and Japanese and Mexican places, so we even limit that to once a week. Good job!

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