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Something you can live without, but don't....

March 14th, 2009 at 09:16 am

I guess If there was one thing besides my smoking habit, which I'am slowly making progress on, that I would cut out of my budget. It would have to be my eating out habits. I don't spend that much money on eating out, I'd say at least 10 to 15 a week,but for that amount. I could turn that into 5 days worth of food.

I'm such a picky eater that I mainly eat chicken. I love eating Ramen noodles (The frugal dieters dreamfood!) Just as much as I now follow a budget I need to follow a meal plan as well

My smoking habits have changed a lot, not because of health reasons. But because it now never fits in my budget. Plus with the passage of the Shicps (SP)program by congress, the tax on tabacco products is going to raise the cost of a pack up by $2.00 also. It is somewhat amusing that I would cut back on smoking and have nearly cut my drinking by 98%( I used to go to the bar every other day, now only going once every two weeks, and only if someone else is paying)because I'm following a strict budget.

I'm sure my wallet and lungs are breathing a sigh of relief, and that my liver is thankful as well!

2 Responses to “Something you can live without, but don't....”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Plese stop smoking as soon as you can. It will save you a ton of money. When I quit (in 1990) I put that money away and kept track of it. Cigarettes were about 75 cents a pack back then.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Eating out is a nice treat, but when you look at how much you spend for just one meal and how much food that could buy .. One meal out versus a week's worth of food.

    I rarely go out to eat if I'm on my own - it usually is when I'm with family or friends - and most times they end up treating (although I always offer to pay my share.) Of course I also go as inexpensive as I can - drink water, order an appetizer instead of an entree (usually appetizers are easier to find meat free) etc.

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