9 Ways to Know You’re Spending Too Much on Food

I’m on a list post kick, so here goes…
1. You go to Starbucks, ever.
But it’s so good.
Coffee
2. You can’t figure out why your savings account isn’t growing 
(and you don’t take lavish trips, buy high-end clothes, or have all the latest electronics).
Piggy
3. You cringe at the thought of purchasing a $40 shirt, but have no problem selecting the $40 filet at an upscale steakhouse.
Because it’s totally worth it.
Steak
4. You’ve become a regular at the lunch cafe in your office building.
Unless you work for Google, we’re assuming you dish out at least 10 bucks a day there.
Lunch
5. One time you packed your lunch.
That one time.
Brown Bag
6. You are in awe of people who eat to live, rather than live to eat.
They chomp on granola bars while composing reports, throw back some raisins and call it a lunch. Dinner is optional.
Granola
 
7. Going out to dinner is one of your favorite activities.
Maybe most favorite.
Restaurant
8. You’ve never used a restaurant deal or discount.
You’ve heard of them but it’s too much work to find one you want when you want it.
Percent
9. You don’t know what Cravor is.
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Dining In and Dining Out

Checking in on day three of my food expense activity. Last night we made chicken quesadillas at home. I have to say they came out pretty well, and I’ll definitely add them to our dinner option list. Ta-da!

Quesadilla

Today I made my usual stop for coffee on the way to work. I alternate between Einstein Bros, Starbucks, McDonalds, and Dunkin Donuts. Surprisingly (or not), all four are on my two-mile drive to work. Starbucks, the most expensive of the group, is the one I visit the least. I’d like to say that’s due to the cost, but the parking lot is also hard to turn into from my direction. McDonalds, while not my favorite coffee, is the fastest and I tend to leave home with just enough time to start class (and college students quickly learn that they don’t have to show up on time if their instructor doesn’t).

Anyway, McDonalds made another few bucks off of me today. I do this thing where I plan to order a small coffee ($1) and grab a breakfast bar from my stash at work. But when the drive-through attendant asks for my order, I make this game-time decision to upgrade my coffee to a medium (+$0.49), add a sausage & egg burrito ($1), and sometimes – if I suppress the voice inside reminding me to eat healthily – a hash brown ($1). I know it’s pretty cheap, but it adds up day after day. It’s still no Starbucks “that-came-to-twelve-dollars?” at the register experience.

For lunch, I found a frozen meal I left in the faculty room freezer last week (score!) and dinner was dine-in again. Burgers. Tomorrow I told a friend I’d meet her out for dinner and drinks. I’ll check back in later this week and post my analysis at the end! I hope the results of this experiment are enlightening (and not just depressing), ha! Until next time…

Foodeloo!