Grow: How much money are you blowing by eating out?

I’m typically a saver, not a spender. I often walk or bike the 3 miles to work to save money on public transportation because, you know, $2 each way adds up. But I do have a spending weakness, and it had gotten out of hand: Between October and November 2017, I realized I’d spent about $520 eating out.

Often, this came down to pure laziness. I rarely hit up Trader Joe’s, and, since I hate packing my lunch, made excuses to avoid it. Like needing to catch up on my Bravo shows instead.

By late November, I realized my reluctance to prepare food at home was preventing me from putting as much money as I wanted to toward my student loans and savings account—both top goals.

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