Greetings, fellow frugalists. Let me tell you a tale about how an odd couple (you might know who I’m referring to ;)) from a cool little town in Pennsylvania who have frugalized their grocery purchases by ordering them online and having them delivered straight to their front door. For about 6 months now, we’ve been having our groceries delivered and actually saving money in the process. This takes a bit of strategizing and finesse (see things we don’t buy anymore here) but it can be done. And when it is done, oh, what a feeling!
This week I was talking with a colleague at work and realized that they spend $800 EVERY month on groceries. WHAT?!? They’re a family of 4, but 2 of them are small children, and 1 child is breast feeding. So, that’s basically a family of 3. And let’s face it, little kids just don’t eat in large quantities. I just couldn’t, and still can’t, wrap my minimalist head around this one. Then I got to thinking how many kudos we received from our readers last week when I posted our monthly expenses. Maybe we ARE doing something right. I mean, I know we are…it’s just nice to hear it from other frugal peeps. And in an instant, this post was born…
As many of you know by now, one of my biggest frugal downfalls is eating out! I LOVE it. In fact, I used to joke that my goal was to be able to eat out for every meal. Crazy, I know. When I met Mr. Money Monster two years ago, he was definitely frugal-minded (and still is) and he was really good at NOT eating out. I admit it, I corrupted him. Now he loves eating out as much as I do. Not good for two people aiming for
My Biggest Downfall
You don’t know this about me yet, but, my biggest downfall is eating out. If I add up all of the money I spent eating meals out over the past, dare I say, two decades, the amount would be staggering. I wouldn’t be surprised if it would be enough to pay off my student loan, car loan, and a portion of my mortgage(s). I promise to do a quick calculation before the end of this post. Although, I’m scared and embarrassed to see the number. Yikes!