Diana over at The Chic Life hosts some awesome challenges. While Iâ€™m usually pretty bad at sticking to fitness challenges (other than training for races), I can do life challenges.
This is her third year doing her Eat In Month Challenge. She takes Eat in Month very seriously and strictlyâ€¦but I, per usual, like to play by my own rules.
In all seriousness, I know that as a busy, single [sorta lazy about cooking] girl in NYC, trying to eat every single meal in would be setting myself up for failure.
I participated last year, and it definitely got me to be more creative in the kitchen, even if sometimes my â€œcreativeâ€ concoctions were too weird to blog about.
My personal parameters this year:
- No more than 1-2 drinks out on a weeknight (which is a good rule to play by anyway)
- No food while at happy hour (wallet and waist-friendly. Nothing Iâ€™d be likely to have while having a glass or two of wine would be super-healthy anyway.)
- No spending money on food out when eating aloneâ€”so no takeout or delivery unless Iâ€™m with a friend.
Iâ€™m not trying to lose weight right now (after years of being overweight, I LOVE saying that), but I am trying to get rid of some fat around my belly, so even though I usually do pretty healthy takeout (Energy Kitchen, Pump, sushi), cooking myself is usually healthier, and I know whatâ€™s going into my food.
One of my goals, as I said, is to pay down some credit card debt this year, and Iâ€™m trying to do it by making small changes. Bringing lunch (and never stopping for my beloved spinach feta wrap) can easily save me at least $150 a month. I sort of miss blogging about food, so Iâ€™m going to blog about any interesting creations I make, or successful recreations of other bloggersâ€™ recipes that you may not be familiar with.
What are little ways you save money on food?