I guess I just don't like rules. Rebellion always came a little too easily for me. For example: I would intentionally wear giant hoop earrings to church where I know there are people who hate that. I just can't resist making a few (little) waves. Anyways - what were we talking about? Oh yes - the "b" word.
So when we made a Budget (I don't remember how long ago) and it included $30 per week for eating out, I ended up in trouble. It seems like a lot. It IS a lot. But in reality, it's (only) exactly 1 and a half outings for our family of four - and that can't be anywhere fancy. And this was back in the good 'ol days - sometime before Gas hit $3.00/gallon. And I went over - every week. Without fail.
Fast forward to today - American Economic Crisis + Weird Government Bailout plan + semi-informed American Mom= slight freak-out and New budget for this household. Only this time I decided to try something new. Since limiting the amount of times I went out for fast food (since that didn't seem to work AT all) I decided to limit how much I would spend at each trip. Here's how it shook out:
- Our first trial run was @ Wendy's and I told Chad I wanted to keep it under $10. For all of us. Our total that first trip was $10.68 or something like that.
- We tried again last week at Wendy's and THIS time it was $9.53 (!!!!) I was pumped.
- Today we decided to branch out and try Taco Bell. And this is where we found our title for today's post. :-) I could hardly believe it!! A Family of 4 eating out (and getting full) on $6.25. And the best part was I got to throw the 'dishes' away as it were!
Now - do I love Taco Bell? No. Not even a little. But do I like Taco Bell MORE than I hate cooking on Sunday? Yes - I think I do.