We’re well into our first week of the August Money-Saving Challenge of eating out less, and I’m happy to report that we’ve managed to not eat out at all! (So far, so good, one day at a time.)
Following are a few simple things I’ve done and made to help rise to the challenge:
I made some simple kid-friendly finger food for a to-go lunch for the kids:
- Hard-boiled eggs — A food they typically enjoy, and they are easy to bring along.
- Cut-up grapes — Yes, I cut each one individually; I just can’t take the chance that an uncut grape would cause a problem and I’ll leave it at that.
- “Cheese sticks” — Since the point of not eating out is saving money, I decided to do my best to forego more pricey, if more convenient, packaged snack food and I sliced my own sticks out of a block of cheddar.
At Costco, I picked up some sandwich goodies:
- Pre-cooked real turkey breast — It’s an actual turkey breast, not lunch meat. It’s natural and doesn’t have any nitrites, so I feel better about giving that to the kids and eating it myself (since I’m pregnant).
- Italian Pugliese bread — I rarely buy non-wheat bread for regular consumption, but we’d had this at a friend’s house a few days before and it was so delicious and fresh… I couldn’t resist.