Since there is no turn-a-round in these hard economic times, we must still find ways to save money. Since we are already pinching our pennies at the grocery store by using coupons and puchasing items while they are on sale-it makes no sense to spend more money on eating dinner out.

It doesnt matter whether you are eating at McDonalds or an expensive restaurant…you are still spending money.

If you frequent a restaurant/fast food joint more than one time a week, it will take some work to change your habits. Try decreasing the amount of days for a few weeks until you get down to eating out once a week. Even if you “hover” at the once a week mark for 6 months, you are still saving money from your past habits.

Here are some examples for a family of 4 (using averages)
McDs = $30 for one meal
Restaurant = $80 on up

Now do the math for dinner out one time a week and look at how much money you are throwing away!

McDs = $1560 a year
Restaurant = $4160

Most families are throwing away a months rent/mortgage on eating at a fast food place once a week for a year! And for those who are eating at a restaurant-well, I think Im in shock!

In looking at those numbers, I think I can find where most families could start saving for their family vacations!

Think you are up for the challenge?