(I was asked to start a thread about this as it seems like many have a problem with this issue. So here ya go!)
I guess I’ll start this by saying, if you lost your job tomorrow, do you have enough saved to live for six months for more? ???
o We share food when we go out. Always. Especially breakfast which, IMneverHO, is generally WAY more than most people would eat at home. Had this for breakfast this morning in Naxos, Greece. Two eggs on ham and cheese slices, a little salad, a ‘cookie,’ toast with butter and honey (dang, THAT was good!), fresh squeezed orange juice and filtered coffee (paid extra for a second cup of coffee). All in pre-tip under $12. Here’s that breakfast.
When we go out to breakfast we rarely have coffee as we’ve already had a cup at home. That saves a few to more than a few bucks.
o If it’s a ‘special’ meal, we don’t feel the need to be FULL. Satisfied is fine when the food/service/etc. are special. Come home and have a cookie
o We generally eat lunch out rather than dinner as it almost always costs less. But we’re retired so that may not work as well for everyone.
o We always take any leftover that can possibly be repurposed. I can make an omelet out of almost anything - even salad that already has a vinaigrette type dressing on it. Fries reheat great on a baking sheet in a 350 oven. The MW is my friend
o A LOT of the meat we buy is what a friend used to call “brown meat.” You know, the stuff that’s 30%-50% off.
I hope others will share ways they cut back.