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Old 02-10-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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Hmm... maybe I should try this.. Just make Monday a 7am-7pm cooking day????
I did this for a few years when I was starting out in my (first) career.

I spent about 4 hours Sunday night prepping the basics for the week's work lunches.

It was a big help in navigating my 20s when I was just starting out in the workforce and was making a modest salary.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:25 PM
 
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I'll still order water if that's all I want; I just don't do it for the purpose of saving money.

If drinks are $2 at Texas Roadhouse then that's $12 less on the bill for the 6 of you, which translates to a couple of dollars in tip. Some servers might judge you on it; others might just think you made their job easy because "6 waters" is a heck of a lot easier to remember and serve than 6 different drinks.
I carry a packet of powdered lemonade or tea into restaurants, and pour it in my glass of water, to save $2. A friend of mine sometimes will ask the waitress for a free dish of lemon slices, which he then makes lemonade from.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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I carry a packet of powdered lemonade or tea into restaurants, and pour it in my glass of water, to save $2. A friend of mine sometimes will ask the waitress for a free dish of lemon slices, which he then makes lemonade from.
IMHO bringing food to a restaurant crosses the line from frugal to...well...something else.

Why bother going to a restaurant?
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:45 AM
 
Location: DFW
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IMHO bringing food to a restaurant crosses the line from frugal to...well...something else.

Why bother going to a restaurant?
When I was in college, I carried a bottle of water with me and pull it out if the restaurant charged money for water (which I was vehemently opposed to paying.)
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:36 AM
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Every penny saved is one you can spend later. You d be surprised how fast that can add up.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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If you have 2-3 years of savings, you've done better than most. I agree cheapest isn't always the best. It's all about value.

No lectures here. I am curious about the eating out. Is this your way of getting out of the house to do something different each day? I'm a sahm in a neighborhood of other sahm's and other people who work at home. Many of us share a common need to do something different each day besides staying locked up in the house all day. It's easy to get into spending money mode just to do something different than looking at the same four walls each day. If you haven't already, I would encourage you to find something you enjoy to get you excited and moving each day. Get out and take a daily walk or other form of excercise, volunteer, or just find an inexpensive hobby that makes money or do it just because you enjoy it. I think you will find it makes your days a little better.
Sorry but the SAMs in my neighborhood are into kids, measles and support retention. I have given up on greeting walkers but the construction crews, UPS, ... know about the cooler with water on the porch.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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I'm allergic to cats and dust... and I have cats and dust. Cleaning day is hell for me.
Convince the cats to be dust mops? Just kidding!
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Personally, I don't think paying $3 for a soda is worth it when I can get a 6 pack (of 12 oz) or 8 pack (of 8 oz) sodas for $3 at the store. Having to overpay actually takes away from my enjoyment.

Besides, water is a lot better for you anyway.
I only eat out at restaurants when I'm out of town, as I love to cook, and I always order just water. I've seen a number of restaurants which tempt you by the low prices advertised for a meal, and then they jack up the cost of beverages to make up for the cheap meal.

Besides, I have frequent urination problems, and if I have a beer or coke, I'm panicking a few blocks away, wondering if I'll find a bathroom in time!

Hopefully, the OP will discover the joys of cooking, and the savings from not eating out, he can use that disposable income for other pleasures.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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I started buying kroger facial tissues instead of real Kleenexes, to save maybe 50 cents a box. Those things are rough and when I try to dry my ears with one, it disintegrates. A real Kleenex allows me to wrap one around my fingy and insert it into my ear.

I've been out of work and if I live like a dog, I will be broke in 3 years. But if I live like a normal person, I will be broke in 2 years. "Pinching pennies" is a pain and it's not worth the trouble. I often can't decide whether to pay $6 for a crappy lunch or $9 for a decent lunch. I tend to alternate between the two. Life is too short to scrimp all the time. So I scrimp half the time.

Most people wouldn't notice, but there is quite a diff between real paper towels and cheaper ones. It's also true of crackers.
Lets put that in a different way...6$ for a crappy lunch is 180$/ month
9$ for a decent lunch is 270/ month.
They BOTH sound like a waste of money.
Whats wrong with toilet paper for the nose?...and quit putting things in your earsespecially tissue, use a cloth if you must.
I guess it really boils down to priorities...personally I'd rather cook or prepare (at a lot less price, and a lot more nutrition) my own meals.
Who needs crackers...break out the flour and make a quick batch of biscuits...freeze some, and eat those instead...better for YOU, and your pocketbook.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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Every penny saved is one you can spend later. You d be surprised how fast that can add up.
luvmyhoss is right...and it don't take long
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