Basically the general guidelines

  1. we will allow ourselves to dine out once per quarter to allow for the occasional business meeting or special celebrations
  2. if we are out on business or having a meeting in a coffee house we can order the bare minimum needed to mix in, no need to be bigger freaks than we already are, right? **snort**
  3. coffee does not count, we gave up fancy coffee long ago so the occasional coffee we feel is not a problem
  4. if on a business trip there is no way we will be cooking from a hotel room


Shopping Day

A day when I used to get shanghaied into buying lunch treats from the "DELI" at the store. When did deli become synonymous with deep fried, MSG laced crap?

Today we played with friends, ate lunch in the car on the way to shop and made it out of the store with nary a jojo or chicken strip amongst us. WHEW. That saved us 10 bucks right there. Plus if we're not home for lunch normally my husband would have gone out to lunch, you know because his arms are broke, er because we aren't home to eat lunch with. So again another 10 bucks. These damn lunches out are EXPENSIVE! So we saved what? another 20 bucks today.

Saw a study that found 48% off fast food ice machines had fecal matter in them. That made this whole project so much more worthwhile. And clean.


  1. Yuck! Gotta wonder how that happens!

  2. Woohoo! I agree about the "deli," too. Also, b/c I do most of my shopping late at night (I'm a freak and want to be left alone and bag my own stuff) I see it all "wrapped up" in the cases to sell the next day. God knows how long it's been in there and how much preservatives are in there to help it keep that long!

    I read that article, too and it freaks me out b/c you don't even need to touch soda machines! You just push your cup against them - so how is fecal matter getting on half of them? And how much fecal matter is on the other fast food stuff if you don't even need to touch the machines!?