- Plan a menu. This might seem difficult for families where both the moms and dads work outside the home. But that is why it is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. I remembered how easy it was when I’d come home from teaching years ago and not have a plan. We’d just go grab a bite to eat instead. Make sure you include an EMFH night…Every Man For Himself. You could also call it “Leftover Night”. Everybody’s got leftovers.
- Choose restaurants where you don’t have to tip. This is especially good when the whole family is going out. Our boys don’t care about the nicer places. They just like the fact that we are eating out!
- Save expensive restaurants for date nights. And by “expensive” I mean places where you will tip. And if you are going to tip, tip well. Especially on SUNDAYS!!! Many in the restaurant industry will say they hate Sunday lunch! Let’s give them a reason to look forward to Sunday lunch! Maintaining your witness for Christ is a 24/7 job.
- Limit your eating out to once or twice a week. I know that may be difficult for many of you. You’ll not only see the difference in your wallet but also in your health. There are a lot of added things in restaurant food that you don’t need to be adding to your body.
According to my blog survey a few weeks back, most of you don’t spend a whole lotta dough on eating out. I was actually fairly surprised. Those of you who spent more than $250 a month do so because of crazy schedules with your kiddos. While I’m not trying to put the restaurant industry out of business, I would like to give you all some tips on how our family makes sure we don’t spend much on eating out. Here goes: