Our project in January of "not eating out" was a success. We did have one fail though. About three days before the end of the month my husband got stuck at work without any lunch. He would have just gone without lunch, but he wasn't going to be home until about 7:00 that night. So we all gave him grace and said he could go grab a quick bite. I was really the only one that never ate out because the kids and husband were both taken out to eat by other people. Either way, these are the bullets of what we learned/accomplished:
-Eating out does cost more. Although our grocery bill went up, it did not go up as much as our eating out budget.
-Spending time at home is so much easier than running out to eat.
-We really use a lot of dishes! (our water bill will be higher I'm sure!)
-We spend less on other things because we aren't 'on the way to get something to eat'.
Some friends asked if I had lost weight by not eating out. Nope. Nothing. Of course I have been working out and I think my body is probably in that "hold on to everything it has" mode right now. My husband has lost a few pounds. Don't you just hate that! ;)
Actually, in closing, I'd like to say how proud I am that my husband stuck with this crazy scheme of mine. It was great to see him support me in this and use it to grow the family. This month would not have been nearly as successful without him and his support! You are my rock star!