Sunday morning. It’s the only day that I really feel a good brunch is in order. Since we’re cutting a few costs around these parts, I decided to bring the ‘eating out’ experience in. That is, have a glass of champagne because it makes it feel special and a little fancier. Mind over matter, people.
Bob and I have been attempting to save more money by eating out less on the weekends. At the moment, it’s a bit of an adjustment because we LOVE to go out (see here, here and here + a bunch others). It’s true, we are really very spoiled.
Sunday morning rolled around and instead of giving in to my usual greasy brunch craving at the café around the corner, I decided to create my own with some cheesy eggs, extra crispy corned beef hash and a glass of bubbly. We ate at the kitchen counter which was a rarity for us and made it feel like we were doing something new. It seems like such a no-brainer and yet we don’t do it very often. And so brunch at home from here on out! I’m hoping by stating it here, I’ll be more likely to stick to my word. Here’s to accountability.
We’ve also taken some other measures to cut costs and/or save money:
- Cancelled the cable last year and haven’t looked back since. We watch our shows on Hulu, Netflix or basic TV.
- Started reselling my old and unwanted clothes to thrift stores, which give back cash or store credit.
- We took our bucket of spare change to the coin counter at the bank and got back over $100 in cash!
- I’ve stopped paying for magazine subscriptions and instead look out for any free offers on Twitter via Hey, Its Free! and other deal blogs. Currently, I’m getting Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens and Everyday Living and I didn’t pay for a single one.
- I’ve only been incorporating meat into about 1 meal per week, which drives down the cost of our weekly groceries. Also, I’ve started cooking more with dried lentils, which are ridiculously cheap and nutrient-rich. This recipe in particular is pretty great and ideal for lazy, chilly days.