Wednesday, August 22
Friday, August 17
Tuesday, August 7
I like eating out...
I don't know. I love to cook, but since my son was born, I just can't seem to find the time or energy. We still eat out A LOT. Last month we spent $604.22 on food outside the home. This included work lunches, snacks, coffee, ice cream, you name it. Historically we were averaging about $871 per month dining out.
Our most expensive dinner was $51 at Meriwether's for a date night. We also had three dinners at Justa Pasta ($23-$32 per dinner) and four dinners at Laughing Planet(average $20 per visit for three). What about you? How do you find the time to coordinate meals and cook? What do you make? Do you eat out? How frequently? Please tell.
Thursday, August 2
It is not as bad as it sounds. We will still have weekly recycling pick-up. Since we started our financial diet our trash bin has been empty every week. A newly potty trained child also helps to lighten the trash (no more stinky diapers!). A few years ago, before our son was born, we had monthly trash service and it was perfect for the two of us. It is really not about saving money... It only works out to about $10 per month savings. It just feels like a good thing.
We are motivated and inspired to create less trash. We are really good about recycling and we compost our food scraps. I'm not willing to go as far as No Impact "FAMILY", but they have some great ideas in their blog http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/07/how-we-avoid-ma.html
The City of Portland recently released a draft PORTLAND RECYCLES plan. It is really exciting! (http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?a=bfejjc&c=edafc#residential)
The proposal states the city will offer new 65 gallon carts for recycling in 2008. Yogurt and margarine containers, plastic lids, and plastic nursery pots will become recyclable. In phase two (2009) food scraps and food soiled paper will be collected every week with yard debris. Standard garbage pick-up will be changed to every other week. It is such a good plan!
We are very excited about the four "compost" pumpkins growing in our garden. The seeds were in our compost from last Halloween! Wouldn't it be cool if we actually grew some pumpkins?!