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


4 weeks in & Menu Planning

I'm starting to wonder why I try to plan anything, I seem unable to cooperate with my menu plan. I make one and completely ignore it then freak out when it's time to cook dinner. I plan because then I know what to buy but then don't cook it. Oh well I guess as long as we are eating at home and not out it's good, right?

4 weeks in and our grand total saved is 278 dollars. That is a lot of money we didn't spend on salty, fatty, hfcs laced food! Also this month I found a report that 48% of fast food soda fountains contain fecal waste, that made me feel better and it also freaked out everyone I told. An unanticipated side effect of the no dining out rule was what I lost, 5 POUNDS. I guess those lunches and cookies out made more of a difference than I thought. I feel even better about this now!


  1. Holy crap Laura! 5 pounds?! I didn't even think about the weight loss you'd experience! Way to go! Congrats on the $278 also. And I also hated hearing about that fecal news. Ew.

  2. HUGE Congrats on the one month down, money saved, and on the 5 pounds! What a nice, unexpected bonus. :)

    Btw, did you see that BlogHer Food '10 was announced this week. In SF again, I'm going ... are you?

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