Eating out used to be one of my favorite things to do. I loved to relax and be served great food with a minimum of effort on my part.
This was before my husband and I implemented a budget, tracked our spending and were shocked at what we spent on restaurants. We didn’t even remember most of the times we went out.
We could have used some of the money we spent eating out to make an extra payment on the mortgage or knock down the student loans. I know you can’t un-spend money that is already out the door, but you can learn something from the experience.
For instance, I recently went out with my friends to a lovely restaurant. While the main function was to relax together away fro...