One of the guiltiest of guilty pleasures in my life are tater tots covered in cheese.
I mean, really, it’s potatoes covered in cheese in general, but there is something about driving up to Sonic and sinking my plastic spork into some cheesy tots.
Amanda, you can make tater tots at home. Sonic pulls them from a bag of frozen potatoes just like you could at home.
It doesn’t end with Sonic. I am addicted to eating out.
To me, eating out isn’t about sustenance; its’ not even about ease. It’s about socializing, getting out of the house, spending time with Hubby without discussing who has to cook or clean up. It’s about ordering what we both want without having to compromise, like we do at home. It’s an hour in my evening that isn’t the same old routine.
It’s also making us poor.
OK, I’m being dramatic. We’re not poor because we go out to eat. We have a little budget for eating out that we always exceed, and I don’t like that. Hubby’s paychecks are a little less during the summer, too. I could essentially make almost everything we order in my own home, but I don’t. It just isn’t as appealing.
We fill up our fridge, pantry and freezer with, say, chicken and flour tortillas, but then at the last minute deicde we have to visit Las Margaritas. We have frozen BBQ and buns, but then David’s BBQ sounds so much better.
What is it about going out to eat that makes the food taste so much better than in my own kitchen?
I’m going to be taking the next 30 days to find that out. I’m imposing a challenge on myself and my family to eat in as much as possible for the next 30 days, starting July 1. I’m blogging about it because maybe y’all will hold me accountable.
Here are my rules:
- If we go out to eat, it has to be less than $10 for the two of us.
- It’s OK to eat out using a gift-card, if we have one.
- We cannot exceed the $120 per month limit for eating out.
- Meals have to be mainly using food we already have in our deep freezer, fridge or pantry.
- This applies to breakfast, lunches at work and home and dinners.
I’m going to try to blog about it every Thursday through July to update my progress. The good and the bad.
Wish me luck!
Do you have any tips for saving money eating in? Any good recipes you want to share? Leave them here!