Now that Bob and I have started budgeting better, we’ve had to modify our weekend dining habits. This means dining out less and dining out smarter. As in, picking restaurants with the most bang for our buck and leaving the more extravagant places as a once-in-a-while thing. Because cooking on a Saturday? Ain’t gunna’ happen.
One might say it’s a sacrifice. Sure, okay. I like to think of it as a creative challenge. How can we eat well and still be within our budget?
But not just ramen, I assure you. That was more for effect.
Oh, I’m a ramen novice for sure. I’m still not even sure I’m holding my chopsticks correctly (it feels totally unnatural to me) All I can tell you is that my big ol’ cup ‘o noodles was deliciously slurpy. Although I was a little disappointed it didn’t come with a monkey in it. Oh right! Hinomaru Ramen puts monkeys in their food (see it to believe it). No big deal.
Anyway, our lunch set us back about $30 (we ordered a lot of dumplings), which was then followed by a (free!) walk around Central Park. It’s definitely not the cheapest lunch date and we can surely do better, but it’s enough that we’re more aware of what we’re spending now. I like this challenge we’ve set for ourselves. Even better, we get to prove that New York isn’t just a playground for the rich. With the exception of the Upper East Side. Aaaand the West Village. Whatever, we got this!
Another quick word on budgeting: if you’d like to track your spending, I’d highly recommend Mint! It shows you – in really neat pie graphs, might I add- what you’ve spent your money on and how close you kept to your budgets. It is pretty eye-opening, especially when you see what things add up to at the end of the month. You won’t even believe how much we’ve spent on food in the last few months. Let’s just leave it at that.