July Challenge – do not eat out

Dad and I are challenging ourselves for the month of July – do not eat out except for date night provided by Grandma on July 5.  We’re quite guilty of taking Daughter Person out for lunch on the weekends.  We all get out of the house, she’s entertained, and we all get fed.  Our restaurant spending has been creeping up the last few months, so the goal is to eat out once (about $50-$70) in July.  Can we do it?  I have no idea – given that our latest restaurant spending has been about $400 per month, I hope so!

There are already several issues we have to work out though: I’m traveling July 15 – 18 (to Palo Alto, CA), but my company picks up the tab for that, so I’m not counting it. We’re going to Grandma’s for the July 4th “weekend”,  a family reunion in Parsons, WV the following weekend, and we’re almost out of food from our last cooking session.  We’re planning a cooking session in the next week or two (whenever we can get it in given our traveling schedule), and it’ll be almost all grilled food to avoid heating up the kitchen.  We’re working on planning more lunches in the recipes we’re making, so we’ll see if we meet our challenge.

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