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      Good for you Lisa 🙂 It is really all about priorities. I’m like you, no fancy clothes, no ciggarettes or booze of any kind, and for me no vacations, no gambling, going out, dancing etc. So not having to cook is a big treat.

      Suzi

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      Subject: Budget101.com : Re: eating out vs. groceries, and knowing your budget

      I am probably the one who posted about eating out once a week and we do spend $35-100 weekly on this treat for a family of 5 (4 adults). I wait for this night out and look forward to not cooking as does my husband and my children. It is our splurge after a long week of work. Rarely, it is $100 and that is a big treat. I always cut coupons and do what I can to save $$$. I don’t buy cigarettes any longer (15 years now), or alcohol (19 years now), and I don’t buy coffee out (I make my own), I don’t go to Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or SHOP like many women do. My kids are told NO all week while their friends are getting fast food and cool toys (they wait for their birthdays and Christmas). Actually, this has been a great money saver because we have all become more willing to cut out treats during the week knowing that we will get a little splurge on this one night. It is sort of like having the couple pieces of chocolate that satisfies the urge and lets you continue to do well on a diet. My kids all have the option of not eating with my husband and I and instead getting fast food and many times they would rather do this (another money saver) and still it is a treat for them. I am really grateful that we can budget for this now, even if it is just $35, because I spent a couple years in really hard times raising my oldest son on my own with just $299/month in a metropolitan area and working my way through school in hopes of having just a little bit extra one day. For those that don’t allow themselves or their children a little splurge once in while, it might actually increase the savings if you really limit it. Blessings! Lisa

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