Sunday, September 23, 2007

Do the Dishes!

(Originally posted on my old blog "Work Around Your Wallet" on 2/28/07)

Believe it or not, keeping the dishes washed can save you money. It could have saved me $18 tonight.

For whatever reason, the dishes don't get done and instead of washing the ones you need, you eat out. I think we all do this at one time or another. I know I do! With two small children and other obligations, it becomes harder and harder to get things done. My bad habit is not thinking about dishes until I need one. Then I think: "Oh yeah, I need to load the dishwasher."

That happened tonight and instead of doing it, I ordered pizza. I used the last of my money for the week, but it was worth it because I was tired. I went to Papa Juan's online and used a coupon for a large one-topping with a free order of cheesesticks for $12.99. Of course with tax, delivery fee and tip, the total spent was 18 bucks. But I knew we would have enough pizza leftover for lunch tomorrow so I view it as paying $18 for two meals, possibly three.

It's ok to do this sometimes, but just make sure it doesn't become a steady habit because it's one that can cost you big. We allow eating out about once or twice a week in our budget, but it's these extra unplanned ones that can start adding up if it becomes a frequent thing. If you do find yourself in this situation of just not wanting to deal with cooking and cleaning, try to get the most for your money by using a coupon or take advantage of restaurant specials.

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