Recently, a Chilean adoptee in the United States has come to the attention of the media because of her eating habits. She had been eating so much crap for so long that she ended up morbidly obese. Rather than lie down and grow fatter, she took it upon herself to clean up her act and her diet. She lost the pounds and given her story of being a Chilean
adoptee has added to the inspiration of the story. We though Chileans could take a leaf out of her book as we are also becoming a nation of fatties just like many developed or developing countries throughout the modern world. This article looks at how you can eat cheaper at home and save both round your waist line and the lining of your purse strings.
Stay away from fattening junk of take away and save money
Do you find yourself going out to get takeout meals every other night or going out to wine & dine on a regular? You will come to find that most people do. It is easy, hassle free, and very delicious. You may be going out to eat as a nice date night, an opportunity to visit a new restaurant you have been dying to try or even just feeding a random craving at a particular place. Whichever your reason may be, we are all guilty of doing so. But, how much is dinning out breaking your piggy bank?
I began to examine a couple scenarios and started crunching some numbers. I found myself becoming very busy and overwhelmed with a lot of work not just for my job but things I needed to take care of at home. The problem, it leaves no time to do much else like cooking dinner. Thus, the urge to go out to eat seems like the easiest solution. If I am eating dinner 2 to 4 times a week that would roughly mean I am spending anywhere from $1,040 to $2,080 a year. And that is just my personal meal price at a moderate value restaurant. If you are getting takeout for two, double that amount. But, sometimes we like to indulge in a more quality steak or premium dinner. Those can be up to $20-$50 a plate for a full course meal with beverage. Say you do that twice a month, that is an average of $840 additional a year bumping your overall expense total up to $1,880 or $2,920!
How can we turn this around? It is quite simple. Make a habit of cooking at home when we have time. Add cooking into your routine, schedule around your work if you have to. Cooking your own dinners will save you hundreds of dollars each year and some of the other benefits are outstanding. You control how you prepare your meal; you can cut sodium levels down and lessen fat content. You can control the portion size and any left overs you have make a great secondary meal perhaps covering your lunch for the next day saving you even more if you find yourself buying lunch often at work.
So instead of fattening yourself up, fatten up your wallet with savings by eating healthier dinners at home. You may even find yourself with a slimmer waistline while you are at it.