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7 Tips to Help Cook Your Meals & Dine Out Less

submitted on January 25, 2011 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to cook more at home, and I can proudly say that three weeks in, I’m in far better shape than this time last year.

According to my American Express account, 25% of my charges in 2010 were inexcusably “restaurant” related. Seeing that was a huge wake-up call to get my act together. But so far this month, my restaurant billings have totaled just 1% of all credit card charges. I’m most surprised by the fact that I don’t really miss the days of going out every night. Who knew?

1. Plan Ahead
2. Shop Online
3. Keep Ready-Made Meals and Snacks on Hand
4. Dine Early
5. Find a Cooking Buddy
6. Limit Happy Hours
7. Reward Thyself

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1. How many times a week do you dine out?
2. Do you pack your own lunch when possible?
3. What is your favorite kind of food?
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  • 99479
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    Posted by CouponNut on January 26, 2011
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    We are so busy working we're too tired to go out to eat! Big Grin
  • 99489
    Posted by honesta on January 26, 2011
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    LImit happpy hours- now thats tough
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    Posted by lootango on January 26, 2011
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    Another fun thing to do is organize a group of friends and plan a cooking session at Super Suppers or similar place. You can bring wine with you, prepare meals, and socialize. They have locations in 16 states.

    I love going there... and you can drink with friends, make healthy dinners and spend less than dining out.
  • 99567
    Posted by arzkar on January 26, 2011
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    Cooking at home is healthier and you could save more...But as a little treat eating out once a week is sweet Big Grin
    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on January 26, 2011
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      Agree! But we do love to go to the Salad Bar and load up on fresh veggies.

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