Eating Money

I knew that my husband and I had gotten lazy with our budget over the last year but I had no idea how much. When I sat down in December and went through our statements, I was shocked to find out that it had cost us several thousand dollars.

And where did that money go? We ate it. Seriously. Sigh. We could have shaved off sixteen house payments in the future if we had paid that money toward our mortgage principal. Eating out was the main culprit in our over spending.

So we are making some changes and conducting mini experiments with our budget and lifestyle to make sure this money goes where we want it to go! And not in our bellies, or ON our bellies or hips! Ha!

Hopefully, our eating out habit is a thing of the past, a “so last year” fad!

Eating at home takes a lot of work and preparation but it’s well worth the effort. I like to think of it as paying myself to prepare meals! We’ll be richer, healthier and happier just by simply eating at home.

This new habit will only add to my endeavor to be healthier. Recently learning about all the negative health effects of vegetable/canola oils, white flour, sugar, soy, preservatives and the many chemical additions food manufacturers put in our food, has opened my eyes to the fact that eating at home may be the only safe way to eat! I’m sure we’ll still eat out from time to time, but cutting down on all of the processed food can only help us feel better!

Over the last two weeks my husband and I have eaten out one time (using a gift card from Christmas). Some days it has been a challenge, but every time we eat at home we feel like we are getting ahead financially.

My husband says it makes him feel good to clear out some of the food in our fridge and cabinets before it goes bad. I’m enjoying the challenge of becoming a better cook as I try to fix some of our favorite “out” meals at home like this Japanese Teriyaki Chicken below.

For the last two week period, we were able to stay within our budget for food and household items and it feels wonderful to be in control again. Stay tuned, I hope to give updates on how we do this year, post recipes of our favorite meals and show you how I create our budget!

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post! Make sure to leave a comment!


  1. Lisa McCulley

    I could not agree with you more. This is my philosophy too. I really just don’t enjoy eating out. Mainly for the health and cleanliness reasons. I always wonder how clean the cooks and servers are being while preparing our food. And I do think that eating home cooked meals is not just more healthy, but also much more inexpensive. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes so I am totally on board with this blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dianna G.

      Thanks for commenting, Lisa! If I cook it, I know it’s clean and I can be more conscientious of the ingredients! With all of this sickness going around I don’t want to eat out!

  2. Kim

    Wonderful Blog post! Thank you! I would love for my family to eat at home more often than we do. It’s super challenging in this phase of life, but definitely my goal for the future.

    • Dianna G.

      Yes, the seasons of life definitely make a difference in how well we do with this! I’m nervous about how well we will do as I get busier with work over the next couple of months!

  3. Michelle

    Totally agree it’s crazy at how much we spent last year eating out. Trying to get on a budget this year, still a challenge. Looking forward to hearing more and definitely looking forward to some of your recipes.

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