Thursday, October 28, 2010

We literally eat our money!

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."
- Dave Barry

If there was one thing I didn't expect when I got out on my own, it was how much money my husband and I would spend on groceries and out at restaurants!

My husband, who's actually quite fit, can eat and eat. When I finish a meal, I simply slide my plate forward, allowing him to devour whatever is left. Our 60 pound sheepadoodle, can really down it too. We're talking 8 lbs a week. And of course, there is my ever-so-mild addiction to anything chocolate or coffee.

Of course, my husband and I started out on a budget, but soon realized, we were having some...err... minor issues sticking to the food part. The truth is we wanted our cake and to eat it too!

So, here are the tricks we've learned:
1. Groupon. I can't say enough about Groupon. If you are lucky enough to have your city featured on this website, then there is a great daily deal. If you are interested and enough people agree to take the deal, then it is yours. It usually is like $5 for $10 worth of food at XYZ Restaurant. It also has local attractions and stores occasionally as well.

2. Living Social. Similar to Groupon. Featured cities have daily deals on restaurants.

3. Coupons. In the newspaper. In the mail. Online. They're everywhere.

4. Gift Cards. You can buy gift cards to your favorite restaurants online for discounted amounts. Buying a $50 Starbucks card for $40 will save you 20%.

5. Drink water. When you go out to eat, drink water. It's not always fun, but it's free!

6. Share. When we want a quick meal out, the husband and I split. At Chik-fil-a, one of us orders a sandwich and one a combo, then we share the fries and lemonade. It's a great deal and saves us some calories too!

Anyone else have any awesome tips to share?

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