It's day five of the Living Well Spending Zero Challenge from LivingWellSpendingLess.com and we made it through the first weekend - Wow! I think the weekends will probably be the toughest part of this challenge for my family, but we can do it.
Today's challenge task is to recreate restaurant meals from what you have at home. This is supposed to teach you that you can eat just as well at home as you can going out. The idea is to create copy cat recipes of your favorites or just find something to replace that restaurant meal with.
I'm not the best cook and I don't tend to go to super fancy restaurants. I mean seriously, the fanciest place that I have been to in the last year was the Olive Garden. Even so, creating copy cat meals seems hard to me. But... I know there are websites out there that can help with that. I think the best copy cat thing I could do right now is with finding a way to make my husband's favorite Starbucks drink. He'd like that, so I'll look into it.
I'm not doing it anymore.
We have a new rule in our house that has now been developed because of what I am learning through this challenge: If we have it in the cabinet at home, you don't get to order it at the restaurant.
From now on, eating out is a treat and it is a treat for something you wouldn't normally get. Macaroni & Cheese from the blue box is not restaurant worthy. Neither are hotdogs, corndogs, or anything else with word "dog" in it. I'm just so tired of throwing our money away. There are plenty of restaurant items that are actual treats that my kids would like, so when we finally do go out to eat again, it will be with those treats in mind.
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