Well, we've made a decision recently, and I think it's going to affect us radically! We have decided to give up eating out for the next year. Yes, that's right, you read it correctly: no pick-up, no take-out, no nothing! Wait, take that back -- we're only allowed to eat out for an extremely special occasion (e.g., our anniversary) but other than that zilch, zip, nada!
We were looking at our budget and something had to give, so we decided on a few things to cut out, and fast food was one of them. It's not that we really ate out all that much, but we realized that we did it often enough that it will make a difference. Plus, we wanted to get out of our comfort zone a little and do something drastic! Another thing I've decided to do is start making a menu. What I've noticed is that my last minute dinner planning tends to cost us a little extra here and there, because I'll realize "Oh, wait, I don't have such-and-such" and we have to make a grocery run. Or, because I don't plan ahead, something goes bad in the fridge before I can use it. Little things like that add up.
So, in an effort to be more frugal, budget-conscious, and just plain better stewards of the money God has provided us, we're making some changes around here! The only thing I'm struggling with is my crazy cravings... like the one I'm having right now for a Scooter's strawberry smoothie!!! Guess I'll have to wait until next April! :o)