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



We went to the movies yesterday.

We ate before we went.

I brought a snack to eat during the movie.

We got popcorn and my husband got a soda.

I ate some popcorn and immediately got sick to my stomach. I took a nap for the first part of Avatar. I dozed through the second half. I ate a bit more popcorn, just to sustain my stomach ache, you know. I really do think it was the grease in the popcorn that made me so sick!

Do I consider this a failure? No. We talked about it and decided to buy the popcorn. It was something we talked about in the beginning of the project and decided we would deal with it later. I guess we did?! I don't know.

Do I want to go back and resist the popcorn bag? Yes. I want to get to the place where food smells don't bother me. And don't dictate my life. Although that's not the gist of 365 In, it is a goal of mine.

Where do we go from here? Onward. I'm not quitting this project but I'm pretty sure I'll stumble along the way. Hopefully I won't trip on popcorn again.


  1. Aww don't beat yourself up over popcorn Laura! It's not even a meal, it's like-- a snack! Plus look how many weeks you've already been doing this and how much money you saved already. I'm not justifying it b/c I know you wish you could have resisted it - but you didn't, so just look at it in the big perspective that's all!!

  2. Hi there! I discovered you from Amanda's very long and strange story (I'm the one ogling myself in the little mirror). Love the idea behind this blog. I'm doing a year of buying nothing new, myself - maybe 2011 could be a year without restaurants! It will be fun to see how it goes for you.

  3. Now that you know the grease makes you sick you may not even want it next time! Once you stop eating out much it gets hard to eat greasy foods like popcorn, fried chicken, and big ole' greasy spoon burgers.

  4. Oh, definitely, let's interview each other! We could include Amanda as well, without telling her (like have her interrupt the questions or something). I love giving her a hard time. haha

  5. Hi, I live in Eagle River - just browsing other AK blogs and this one has such a good thing going! We were eating out so much two years ago, we started setting aside our "eating out" money to "wean ourselves" from eating out. We started at $60 per pay day, then gradually started pulling back, and we were down to $10 for a long time, but we struggle and fluctuate now. It's hard! Look forward to following your blog! :)

  6. Hi From Palmer!! If you want I usually post links to my recipe blog. I have 3 kids so what we eat our kids eat. So they eat just about everything :) Good luck cutting down.

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