So it hit me last week as I was going for lunch at the cafe around the corner from my office that I was eating out every single day. Seriously. I would show up to work, buy a latte and a bowl of fruit then I'd come back for lunch. And then, depending on how the day was going, I'd go back for a cup of coffee. So let's do some math.
Latte + Fruit = $7
Lunch + drink = $9
Coffee + snack = $4
Daily food costs not including dinner: $20
That's $100/week on food. So I'm giving it up for a week. Cold turkey. I decided to do it about half way through this morning when I grabbed a granola bar for breakfast and packed my lunch. I spent $1 on a cookie today, but I'm cutting out all purchase of "circumstantial food" for one week completely. After the week is up, I'm going to give myself an "allowance" of 1 meal for the next week. The ultimate goal is to save a good chunk of money over the next four weeks.
The Fun Part
And since today is National Philanthropy Day, Citizen Effect was asking what we were doing to celebrate, and I'm all for doing fun things to help others, I'm pledging to give 1/2 of what I save to a charity of my readership's choice. Submit your suggestions as a comment response to this blog. Tell me in 2 sentences why I should give to your organization and what you're doing to change the planet.
Here's an added bonus- I will also write a profile post for each organization that is suggested. It's important for all of us to learn about the organizations (and people!) doing amazing work in the world. If you think this should be the organization that gets the funds, then comment on the blog! Each comment will be considered a vote! And voting ends on December 1st at 12PM PST!
Bottom line is that I've gotten lazy with being a good steward of my finances. There's no excuse for it. So I'm ending it.
Alright- it's up to you! Where's the money going?
P.S. Thanks to Mrs. Elizabeth Plant for the link to this blog "Not Eating Out in NY"