I did it! I actually did it! I brought my lunch to work everyday this week, Monday-Friday. When I eat lunch out I typically spend about $10, so this week I saved $50! I brought leftovers for lunch everyday and one day I had an apple, cheese and miracle whip sandwich (delicious and not a prego craving, I've always loved apple sandwiches).
With a baby coming and extra expenses coming (i.e. daycare) I have been trying to re-think the way I approach food. I'm not talking about eating healthier, I actually do ok in that area (ignore the chocolate cake I just ate). I am trying to teach myself to spend less money on food. I love to eat out, in restaurants, nice restaurants. And that adds up, quickly. I remember when Brady and I first started dating he was shocked at the restaurants I wanted to go to just to get a bite to eat during the week. I was picking places worthy of a first date just for a quick dinner after class on a Wednesday.
So I am cutting way back on eating out and when we do eat out I am choosing placings that are not going to break the bank. Let's face it, dinner on a Tuesday should not cost $40 for two people, that's ridiculous. I've been cooking a lot more, which is nice because then I have leftovers for lunch. Brady and I still go out to eat on the weekends, hello, I never cook on a Saturday night. But we have totally revamped the weeknight eating. And it is saving me so much money! I always blamed shopping for my excessive spending, but now I see eating out is really a big chunk of it.
This new approach is also preparing me for when the baby comes. I know I won't have time to eat out, especially with a newborn. I am getting used to grocery shopping on Sunday, with a comprehensive list, and buying enough food to last the entire week without eating out. I have become the queen of casseroles because they are easy, relatively inexpensive, there are lots of leftovers for lunches and dinner the next day. I do believe that casseroles may be the salvation of the working mother. Next on my list is to conquer my fear of the crockpot.