From working on The $1,000 Project, I have had to take a really hard really look at the way that I spend money. And make better and more conscious decisions about how I want to use money going forward, if I am going to continue on with this journey.
So in being as honest as I can be, I have realised that my biggest weakness is food…no not buying expensive indulgent gourmet ingredients, but actually cutting down on restaurants.
Rocco and I usually do a “date night” one night per week and we also like to catch up with friends for dinner one night per week. This normally entails eating out, not necessarily in an expensive restaurant (normally a sushi train for date night and then a local pub for dinner). And I have to say it is quick, easy and involves minimal mess in my house. Win, win, win.
However this bonding exercise certainly adds up in the dollar department. Over the last 5-6 weeks, I have made an effort to do more date nights at home, where we cook together or we cook for our friends in our home, rather than going out. This shift in effort and dining location has saved me $280 thus far (which to me is a lot of money), which I have been able to put towards The $1,000 Project.
Plus I have been taking lunch to work, which has saved me another $100 over the last month. But what I have realised, as much as I love eating out, there is something quite soulful when we prepare a meal together and sit down and eat it together, especially when you share special stories and create valuable memories.
So here is to more home cooked meals (and a hopeful improvement in my culinary skills!).
Canna Campbell is the founder and director of SASS Financial Services, a boutique financial planning firm. She is Channel 9’s exclusive ‘money expert’, founder of financial media platform SugarMamma.TV and best selling author of The $1000 Project and Mindful Money.