I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, but I found a couple of articles online that I wanted to share with ya’ll. By far, the biggest leak in our financial ship (before DE-Day, that is) was eating out. You see, I come from a long line of foodies. I remember from the time I was very small the love and laughter that surrounded the kitchen tables of my grandparents and great-grandparents homes. Every family gathering involved food – and lots of it. I remember vividly going to my great-grandma’s house unexpectedly. Sometimes we’d call first before we went, but most times, we just showed up. Great grandma, who was one of the kindest, sweetest women I’ve ever known, would always say, “Oh, I wish you would’ve called first: I’ve got absolutely nothing in the house to feed you!” Five minutes later the table would be filled with leftover roast, spaghetti and other goodies from earlier in the week. She’d pull out what was left of the donuts she got at the store or the baked goodies she’d served with dinner each night. And we ate and were full. Great grandma’s house was never empty – of people or of food. She loved having people over, and her plethora of descendants loved being there. Great grandma showed us love in many ways. She hugged us always, never said an unkind word about anyone in all of the years I knew her (she passed when I was in my early twenties), shelled out “I love yous” regularly and she fed us food that, more than anything, tasted of the tremendous love she had for her family.
Wanting to pass those traditions onto my family, I too work hard to make meals that are well-thought-out and that make it clear that there was heart involved in the making. And before DE-day, that would often included “treating” the kids to a great meal out. Those “treats” happened more often than they should have, and I justified the expense of them with all sorts of excuses: “We’re so busy – I need a break.” “I deserve…..” “It’s not that big of a deal.” “So-and-so spends much more than we do”. Blah, blah, blah.
By and large, we’ve gotten over our desire to eat out and really don’t miss it much at all. It’s far more satisfying knowing that we are getting financially fit. We do however, get the occasional craving for the local Chinese buffet, and for over a month now, we’ve been dreaming of cream cheese wontons and fried rice. 🙂
That craving ended abruptly when I saw this story on Yahoo today. If you’re looking for more motivation to spend less and eat healthier, look no further than this article from Julia LaRoche at Business Insider. This’ll hook you up good – for a long, long time – if you can make it through the read, that is. *Warning: this story is not for the weak of stomach.
The other article I found today was titled What 9 Successful People Wish They’d Known about Money in their 20’s. The article starts off with advice from Mark Cuban. Aside from being handsome, Cuban has a reputation for being a devoted family man and a very generous giver of cash. What’s not to love?? Click on over the get advice from Cuban and some not-so-well-known entrepreneurs who have learned a thing or two about money management.
What’s the point of today’s post? I’m not really sure. But I hope it gave you some “food” for thought, and brought a smile to your face. 🙂