You read it right. No I’m not speaking in the sense of stopping your grind to earn money, I’m encouraging you to stop eating your money and keep that cash in your pocket!
I remember being a college student and beginning my first engineering co-op. I was so excited about the new opportunity, the networking I’d be able to do and the NICE check I would be earning every two weeks (with hardly a bill to pay). Once I began working, I realized how much eating comes with the job. I mean, I understand why this is. In my field, you come to work and you’re inside of a building all morning. Of course you don’t want to sit at your desk every day and eat lunch, you want to get out and get some fresh air to prepare for the afternoon. So lunch becomes an opportunity to meet and mingle with your co-workers on a personal level and escape the office for “30 minutes”. It never occurred to me that while I’m spending all of this money almost every other day on lunch, my co-workers were making WAY more money than I was.
The main excuse you hear from people on why they never cook and are always eating out is that they are too busy. Well that no longer can be an excuse. Here are some tips to cut back on your spending:
1. Be Aware: Take the time to reflect on how much money you have spent this week alone on food. Now multiply this by 52 and realize how much money you can SAVE instead of spending in a restaurant.
2. Be Prepared: Meal prepping is IMPORTANT. If you know that you are busy during the week, take your Sunday afternoon to plan and prepare your meals for the week. I promise you, if the food is already prepared it is so much easier to keep the money in your wallet and eat what’s already made.
3. Be Encouraging: Encourage the people around you to start counting their pennies when it comes to eating out. You have to surround yourself with people who want the same things as you (Message!!), so if you encourage your friends or co-workers to start bringing their lunch as well, it will take away a lot of the temptation to eat out.
4. Be Rewarding: Pick one day out of the week and eat out. Completely depriving yourself of something will cause you to completely return back to your old ways. Pick a day that you know you would be most likely to eat out.
True life, I’m working on following my own advice here. We all have our struggle points and this is definitely one of mine. Be inspiring to someone else this week and encourage them to take on this challenge with you.
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