Save Money & Eat Like You Are Broke!

by Kristina on January 9, 2012 · 6 comments

Good Morning DINKS! If we can learn to live on less to save money, then we can learn to eat less to lose weight. If we eat like we are broke then we can do both! I personally spend a lot of money on snacks, Starbucks and lunches during the week. I try to live on a $2 per day budget, but that rarely works out as planned. Some nights I am too lazy to prepare my lunch for the next day, and some mornings I am too tired to wake up a bit earlier and eat breakfast.

From Monday to Wednesday I can live on spending only $2 per day. Sometimes I buy an iced coffee, sometimes I buy a bagel, and sometimes I buy a yogurt parfait with fruit. Before I installed my $2 a day budget I would buy all three items and spend up to $10 a day on snacks and food. Now I (try to) live on a $2 per day budget for snacks. Every Thursday I still splurge and buy my lunch up to a maximum of $10.

This only includes spending during the work week. Very often I pick up dinner on my way home for my boyfriend Nick and I which could be up to another $20 at least twice a week. I don’t understand why this habit is so hard for me to break. The commercials for World Vision say that we can feed a child for only $0.30 per day, so why can’t I stick to a $2 per day food budget?

If I saved my $2 per day instead of spending it on snacks, if I didn’t spend $10 per week on my Thursday lunch, and if I stopped spending $40 per week on my Dinners I could save $52 per week which is over $2700 per year!

Other than my (maybe excessive) spending on food, I don’t waste money on any other vices. I do not drink alcohol and I do not smoke (anything). So I try to justify my snack spending by reminding myself that it’s better to spend money on food than it is to spend money on drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.  Spending money on food rather than addictive substances is definitely better for our health and well being, but neither of these spending habits is better our budget.

Here are some quick tips to help you Eat Like You Are Broke:

  • Don’t Order The Combo. We don’t need it, a soft drink and French fries are just extra calories and an extra $2.50 on our bill.
  • Don’t Give Into Temptation. We may want something just because we see it, but if we aren’t really hungry then we shouldn’t buy it.
  • Make Sure To Bring More Food. It’s better to have extra food than not have enough food because if we get hungry we will go out to buy snacks.
  • Don’t Keep Money in Your Wallet. Money is easier to spend when it is readily available. If we don’t have money in our wallet we may be less likely to go out of our way and make the effort to hit up the ATM when we get our morning or afternoon cravings.
  • Order a Kids Meal.  Your budget and your belly will thank you later.

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