A couple of years into our marriage my wife and I decided to get serious about creating a budget and sticking to it. We have had some great success in getting our financial house in order, thanks to some great classes at church and some powerful online budgeting software.
We now keep a lot better track of what we are spending our money on but there is one area where we consistently over-spend…Eating-out.
We both work full-time and usually justify our meals away from home as a way to create a space for undivided attention and quality time. It’s also lifts some of the stress involved in cooking a good meal while keeping an eye on a one-year-old.
While it is easier and faster to load up the car and head out to our choice of chain restaurants that bring us tasty cuisine for all different corners of the world, it’s not always better…for our health…or our budget…or our community.
With this in mind, we have decided to do a little experiment. For the entire month of June, we are going to undertake a sort of fast from eating-out.
The first pick-up of fresh, local, organic produce from our CSA will take place this Thursday. We will be doing our best to prepare all of our meals at home using our fresh veggies and other foods we either A.) already have in our cupboards, or B.) purchase from as many local sources of nutrition as possible.
Lisa and I see this as a great opportunity to be more connected to our community and to help us make better choices regarding our family’s nutrition.
Of course, we will make exceptions for work-related excursions as required. We hope this will be a discipline that will be more freeing than it will be a burden.
And so the journey begins today with a Boca Burger from the freezer for lunch. I wonder what’s for dinner?
Here’s to hope for a month-long journey toward healthier bodies, healthier budgets, and a healthier community.
P.S. We’re going to begin training for a half-marathon, too. Wish us luck!