This month is our "no eating out" month. We have gotten a little lazy in this area, and it needs to stop. I asked the family over the weekend what kind of things they would like to eat in the coming weeks. Apparently my family doesn't realize it is JUNE, because the answers I got were:
Thanksgiving (aka, turkey with trimmings)
Brats (ok...this one I will let go)
Whining......this was from Bossy
and I added
Green Pork Chili
Most of the meals mentioned will have left overs, so it will be a 2 for 1 deal. I am planning a few nights of "ligher" fare when G-man is at work (he won't eat salad), but the kids and I will have salad with fruit and maybe some diced meat.
We have never fully completed this challenge when I have tried it before. Last July, we made it 18 days, and the power went out, and it was late....so I took the kids to Friendly's (but kids eat for $1.99 on Wednesdays, so it wasn't bad). And I think there was one more slip up.
I did make the one concession about Father's Day that if G-man wanted to go out, we could. But he said he was fine grilling some steaks and calling it a day.
The challenges within this challenge include:
1) Bossy has occupational therapy from 5:30-6:30pm every Wednesday. We get home about 7pm. So I will have to pack something for them to eat (vs stopping at McD on our way there).
2) We are having a yard sale (or a tag sale in this neck of the woods) on June 18, and I know we aren't going to want to cook that night. Need to make sure that we have something ready to go.
3) As the weather continues to warm up....I won't want to use the oven. So meals need to be stove-top or grilled. I am sure I will use the oven some...but sparingly (especially since it may be on it's last leg.....yesterday was a bullet dodged).
4) Staying on budget!!!!!
I am frustrated at the recent lack of progress. The expenses of the pool and a few other things have thrown a curve ball at debt reduction. But I am trying to take the reigns back and hit it hard and heavy in June!!!!