Next Friday will make two full months we've been stationary here in Huntsviile Gate Guarding. As both of us cannot leave the site at the same time, it has meant no visiting restaurants, diners, fast food places, buffets... you get my point.
What I've learned. We managed! In fact I've not even missed it.
Oh a few times Len ran to a deli about 6 miles from here and got us each a gimantous cheeseburger and an order of fries. The burgers were so huge neither of us finished the fries so last time we split an order. Also twice while in town I've picked up "fast food" for lunch once at Subway and once at Popeyes.
We pay almost everything with a credit card and at least once a week I gather up the receipts, go online and pay everything off. With our credit card for every $2,500 we put on it we get a $25. gift card. There are several restaurants we choose from - Pizza Hut, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Chili's, Carrabas, Longhorn and others. We have about 6 on hand now and I just ordered 4 more.
Back in 2011 when we bought our F350 we decided to put $20,000 down knowing we would be paying off the entire amount in a month when we settled on the house. Instead of taking the $20,000 from savings we put it on the credit card, got $200. worth of free meals and then transferred the money from savings and paid off the credit card all within a week. We love free stuff.
This morning I went through our file of credit card receipts and tossed any a year old or more. I thought about how many of those receipts were for eating out and decided - if we can live for two months without eating out, we can surely cut back a great deal once we leave here. For the times when we really want to eat out there are those gift cards.
Hoping to increase the bank account and decrease the waist size (and make heftier payments on the bill for Leonard's hospitalization.)