Here it is.
In January we ate out 21 times. Yup, 21 times. We spent just about $540 in restaurants and fast food joints. Yuck.
I felt like, it might help to do this left often, if I put the details out there, rather than just skipping over it in our monthly spend report posts.
We ate out three times when we were in Alberta - those I'm happy with. The Tim Horton's run was also on a trip into Alberta.
We picked up the tab for us and my mom at the Chinese Food place, and one of the Family Restaurant trips was just me and my mom. The Greek Restaurant was me, Jordan and picking up the tab for my uncle who was helping us evaluate a home that needed a lot of renovations.
The McDonalds and A&W are mostly Jordan grading lunch and/or a breakfast sandwich (I think). The couple of times when it was closer to $20 - he grabbed something for me too because I hadn't had a chance to feed myself with Little Man always napping on my lap.
So, I'm not going to say that we're never going to eat out - that's just not realistic. For the month of February especially, we have several more trips to Alberta to get our stuffed packed and while we cook as much as we can, we're inevitably going to eat out some, and feed whoever helps us.
BUT...I think we have some progress to make in Jordan's lunch/breakfast trips and in the family restaurants for sure.
I don't know what a reasonable goal is - perhaps cutting the total spending in half because we went over budget in the day-to-day spending by about $250. I know some people go the extreme all-or-nothing route, but I don't think that will work for us.
Maybe if Jordan picks up lunch/breakfast once a week, and we buy dinner out no more than twice a month? What do you guys think?