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