I’m pretty excited this week because Sara told us all about a magical savings card– and it includes a free round at one of the Disney mini golf courses. This was something I wanted to do on our Christmas trip to WDW, so that’s a $40 savings. I’ve just got to nail down what day we want to play, so I can get Erin to make a reservation for me when I make my next payment. I could get use to this TA business.
I had an epiphany this week. My husband’s parents came down to visit recently, for his birthday. They spent the night, so they could spend more time with Miss Bongo. This is also a win for me, because she latches on to Gigi and Popple and forgets I exist for a short period of time. YAYYY Mom win.
Anyway, we went out to eat, courtesy of my in-laws. Yayyy dining budget win! My father in law wanted a wings-type restaurant, so we went to one nearby that has good reviews.
I ordered, and when my food came I stared at it a moment. 7 “boneless” wings…that obviously means pretty small chicken nuggets, exactly like I have at home in my freezer. A half order of curly fries my husband and I shared……….also in my freezer at home. A glass of tea. That was approximately $14.
Fourteen dollars y’all. Meanwhile, I’m staring at my basket of tiny “wings” (nuggets) and thinking for $14 I could have cooked a whole bag of fries, a whole bag of nuggets and we could have all eaten ourselves silly….and spent less than just the cost of my meal.
I think my commitment to the pantry clean out (and let’s be honest, you guys, because I wanted to report positive new to y’all) has become a habit. I’m looking at meals we’ve eaten out and I’m going… why? I just bought an $11 T-bone steak SO LARGE it couldn’t fit on a regular meat tray. The three of us ate it, with leftovers.
Eating out is a racket, you guys. I always knew it, but I think I forgot in the convenience of going out to grab something. I can see it for certain food I can’t make them myself at home, but as I consider most of the places we eat….I can make it all. Whether you are cooking at home or making a copycat of Starbucks, there is so much money to be saved by just eating at home. Thank Goodness for crockpots to save time and the occasional frozen pizza or chicken nuggets when we’re in a bind!
2020 West Coast Trip Goal: $5000
Total earned this week: $177.68
Fund Total from last post: $1497.24
Current Fund Total: $1674.92
Only $3350.08 to go!
Couponing to Somewhere, Week 15: Under Pressure