Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Resolutions: Good For My Wallet; Bad For The Economy

One of my resolutions at the beginning of the year was to limit my dining out costs by brown bagging my meals. I had a good reason for making that resolution. I used to purchase both breakfast and lunch at my work cafeteria every day. It wasn't anything fancy - just oatmeal for breakfast and a sandwich or salad for lunch.

Since resolving to brownbag my breakfasts and lunches at least 3 times a week, I am proud to say that I've stuck to it, even though it's only been 2 weeks so far. (And I only managed to set off the smoke alarm once!) Anyway, I was too busy to cook anything last night after Munchkin refused to go to sleep until 11:00pm (yes you read that right!) So I gave myself permission to buy myself lunch today. Well get this: as I was buying my sandwich the guy at the register who knows me by name - that's how often I used to frequent the cafeteria - says that they miss me at breakfast now!!! I must have caused quite a dent in their profits :)


  1. Between Breakfast and Lunch, I was spending at least $12 a day. That's $60 a week! So I'm in the process of running an experiment where I only allow myself to spend only $20 a week on lunch and breakfast. I'm investing the $40, that I'm currently saving! I'm only doing this until May 1, 2010. After that I'm going to re-evaluate the experiment. So far it's working out very nicely!

    You can make up the day that you missed this week. next week or further out... that's what I do... Life happens :)

  2. Several years ago, I started taking my lunch to work everyday. There were some exceptions obviously but once I got into the habit, it became the norm. The same way I would brush my teeth every night or wash my face, I would make my and my husband's lunch for the next day. Now that I'm unemployed, I still make my husband's lunch for him. Lest I seem like some 1950's housewife, my husband does plenty around the house, but the kitchen and the grocery shopping are my domain! :)

  3. @MoneyReasons:I was in the same boat Don. Breakfast and lunch and sometimes a snack in between everyday adds up! And thanks for the tip on making up missed days. I never looked at it that way.

    @Paige: I too am trying to develop it into a habit, but sometimes I do everything right, but forget to take my packed lunch with me to work, and that messes up everything!


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