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Dine-At-Home One Month Challenge

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[Sep. 27th, 2005|10:45 pm]
Dine-At-Home One Month Challenge

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[livinganthology]
Considering the average person spent $2,276 a year on eating out in 2002 (and with no reduction in grocery expenditures), it is no wonder why Americans find themselves with more debt and larger pants!

Diet gimmicks and get-rich-quick advice aside, both campuses agree that dining out without moderation thins the wallet and thickens the middle. Blah blah blah.

I love food, work more than 40 hours per week, and enjoy every waking moment I can spend with my partner and soulmate - which means the idea of ordering good food and conversing while it arrives with no effort on my part is awfully appealing. Add 3 or 4 of our dear friends, and who wants to be left out cooking in the tiny galley kitchen while they are enjoying eachothers company?

After realizing that a majority of both of our disposable incomes went to food-related social situations (and independantly feeling less and less positive about my body image after each effortless purchase), we both decided to see what would happen if we avoided dining out for one month.

Though our month was really only 28 days, we explored new foods (we're both ethnic food FREAKS) and surprisingly grew closer in conversation than we did having to worry which of my students may be around. Total expenditures of eating 3 meals per day at home for two adults? Less than $200. And there were no worries about the purity or quality of the foods we consumed, since we selected and prepared each meal together or for each other.

The greatest challenge we had was finidng friends who respected our decision to avoid capitalistic fare. Even harder was finding people who were willing to support us without judgement or seeing our decision as an opportunity to practice their persuasion.

If you like the idea and want to try, please join!
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[User Picture]From: indigo_angel
2005-10-03 12:04 am (UTC)
I'd love to try this... I do know that it's going to be extra hard this month particularly, because of our upcoming wedding. I'm worried though... we already have 2 dinner meetings set at Applebees with no way to get around them, so I'm going to have to kind of set those nights aside I guess
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[User Picture]From: livinganthology
2005-10-03 02:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, no worries :) This isn't a do-it-or-die thing, it's an experiment! Set 'em aside, add two days to the end of your 30, just order drinks, split a meal between two people to reduce price/consumption, or live it up!
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[User Picture]From: sunshyncat
2005-10-03 05:56 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a fun experiment. I know my weaknesses, though. I decided to limit myself to one breakfast, lunch, and dinner out a week. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for the company catered lunch to arrive. It's for a large business meeting, and I'm not counting it as part of the plan....
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[User Picture]From: livinganthology
2005-10-04 02:46 am (UTC)
A couple of people are doing this challenge excluding only food they pay for, mainly because their job requires them to eat lunches out as part of client-service. No worries!
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