Hello again, savvy savers! A new day, a new challenge!
Did you know, that the average American eats an average of 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, on average we dine out between 4-5 times a week. This number equates to 18.2 meals in an average month, nearly a 1/3 of our meals consumed!
What kind of money are we talking about here? Considering that the average American spends $12.75 per meal, may not sound too exorbitant, but wait until you see the real math… that is $232 a month, and $2,784.00 annually!
What’s more staggering? Many low-fat, nutritious meals can be made for under $2.00 per person, per meal, a savings of nearly $40.00 weekly, all-in-all a 90% savings; all funds which could easily help you snowball debt! So, for just this one budget change, you can pay for an entire months worth of couponed groceries, for a family of four! I know it can be done, I do it weekly!
Now with that said, I still firmly believe in the idea that part of living well, spending less, and living frugally only means something if these measures help you, and your family, live freely! Yes, you should be able to splurge on meals from time to time, just not this month! And I am also aware of the upcoming Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day weekends vast approaching, and in the spirit of laissez bon temps rouler, I have devised today’s challenge!
So, for Day 3, and keeping with our I challenge you all to find new ways to Dine Out At Home!
That’s right! Come up with a list of a list of copycat meal options, restaurant-style fair, savory bits that can be made at home this month, from what you already have on hand!
- Use your favorite search engine and find recipes that will help you empty your freezer, deep freeze, stockpile, and pantry items.
- You should find a few meals, nothing crazy, just a few!
- Search for specific chain favorites; for me I love Applebee’s Walnut Bondies!
- Have fun!
- Be Creative!
Stay tuned for the Day 3 Challenge recap this evening!
Here’s to saving,