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The End of No Dining Out…


How did we celebrate the end of our two month no dining out policy?

Did we go to a fancy steakhouse? A nice Italian restaurant? Happy hour at our favorite sushi joint?

We spent a romantic evening at… Taco Bell.

Don’t be jealous OK?

My husband rented a 99 cent movie (a big spend for me since I always linger 3 – 4 months on a waiting list and rent them for free at the library) starring… Jennifer Lopez.

Perhaps he was intoxicated by the scent of food not cooked by either of us – generally, he’s not a fan of chick flicks, especially those starring Jennifer Lopez.

As we enjoyed our cheap Mexican food, we talked about the no dining out policy and how we felt about it.

And by ‘we’ talked, I mean ‘I’ talked.

‘We’ decided to continue ‘our’ policy until October 8th, the day we leave for Italy, as a way to stash as much cash as possible before we leave.

Here we go again!

No Dining Out Week… I lost count.


My dining out moratorium ends on Monday.

I might just spend the entire day at my favorite Mexican food shop crying tears of joy into a carne asada burrito.

You should probably know, I did end up violating the ‘no dining out’ policy last weekend again. My sister was in town for the garage sale and she forced me to take her to the Thai food restaurant down the street.

OK, so she didn’t exactly ‘force’ me per se. She may have said, ‘Aren’t you on a no dining out policy?”

Darn this blog and the accountability that comes with it.

“Uh, I think that ended last week” I stuttered and ushered her into the car before she asked questions.

Twice in two months isn’t bad.

I’ve saved so much money from dining at home and eating leftovers that I feel more secure financially – even if only a little bit. It’s like dieting for two months and fitting into your skinny jeans.

I think this may become permanent…