As a frequenter of restaurants and a lover of clubs, I’ve been known to splurge on meals. Heck, I splurge on a regular basis. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it's the second biggest item in my budget.
For some foodies, it’s an addiction – it's a need as much as a want. Sadly, these restaurant visits add up quickly. I watch my pennies well and I still get overwhelmed by these expenses when I see them.
It only takes one good look at the calorie counts on Olive Garden’s menu to tell that this type of eating impacts your waist line as well. In fact, many studies have shown that restaurant dishes tend to be way larger than portions served at home. Restaurants tend to pack in the calories as well. Many restaurants aren't afraid to add butter and sauce if they think it will improve flavor. Everyone tastes the food but not everyone checks the calories.
Most restaurants are the enemies of dieters. Most dishes have way too many calories. The meals often consist largely of carbs and sugars. The environment of a restaurant encourages overeating – large plates and large serving sizes.
For us with weight to lose, losing weight often seems like a financial issue just as much as it is a health issue. The problem is many people believe diets are expensive. They think you need to eat expensive diet foods, join pricey gyms, or join a costly program like Weight Watchers in order to lose the extra problems. However, the obvious truth still remains that people have been losing weight for centuries without the help of expensive routines.
Thrifty folk need not look too far for a sensible diet. One of the older trends I saw while looking up money saving tips for new dieters was actually a diet in and of itself. It was nicknamed The Money Diet.
This involves losing weight and gaining cash. What's better than that?! Sign me up.
The concept couldn’t be simpler. Each time you would go to a restaurant you opt for a home cooked meal instead. Then, you put the money you would have spent in a jar. As long as you have a lot of self control, you will see a thinner waist and a thicker wallet. By adding the extra cash to a savings jar, you automatically reward yourself for your good work.
The practice is simple and powerful. Basically, each time you skip a meal out, you gain about $20. If you do this just twice per week, that's $160 you'll save each month! Use this compounding calculator to see what that amount will be in the future! I don't know about you but that's good money if you ask me.
So far, I have managed to drop about $50 off my weekly spending by choosing to work with The Money Diet. Since I have only been doing it for a week, I can’t say I’ve seen miraculous weight reductions. But change is coming. I can feel it. If anyone has tried The Money Diet, tell us how it worked out for you!!!