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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Fast Food

Last month we went way over our food budget.  When I say way over, I mean way over!  So for the month of November, I cut out all fast food and takeout.  The only way we could eat out is if we used a gift card.  We did really well and I'm surprised at how easy it actually was.  I only made one trip to Zaxby's for lunch and I ordered off the kids menu to save a couple bucks.  My husband only made one stop at Subway for a $5 sandwich.

We are working ourselves into the month of December and I haven't been to the grocery store in 12 days to buy anything but milk.  We haven't had sliced sandwich bread in the house for over a week.  I can't even tell you how many mornings I wanted a Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwich, or a Panera Bread cinnamon crunch bagel, or my absolute favorite cinnamon roll from The Flour Haven.  There were several days that it would have been so much easier just to grab a deli sub for lunch or KFC for dinner. 

 I forced myself to fix meals from scratch and use up some items in our freezer and pantry.  The other morning I tried a new recipe for bread machine cinnamon rolls and Oh My Gosh, they were incredible!  We made homemade cinnamon donuts one Saturday morning and I couldn't believe how much better they were than Dunkin Donuts.  It's okay to have breakfast for dinner.  It's okay to have a bowl of cereal for lunch. 

In this month long process, I've learned that we waste a lot of money on takeout and prepackaged foods.  All it takes is a little more discipline in planning the menu to save money.  You may have to spend just a few minutes looking up recipes, (google is my new best friend when finding those), but it's completely worth those extra minutes.  If I would just have more patience when cooking rather than expecting to have instant dinner on the table.  And I'm absolutely positive that eating from home is a lot healthier than eating out! 

I'm not sure how much longer I'll last without going to the grocery store but this has been a great experience for me.  And I'm super proud of my husband for sticking with our plan!

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