This is part of an ongoing going series about eating better by avoiding fast food during September and setting aside money under a forced savings plan. Click here to read the introduction and click here to read other stories in the series. Lisa and I will be sharing our experiences and what we learn during this experiment.
It is Friday and the rules were relaxed a bit, but I’ll explain each decision below.
Savings: $13 transferred to savings, as planned.
Breakfast: Since my daughter’s early school years, maybe first or second grade, we’ve tried to have a father-daughter breakfast on Fridays before school. We started off by going to McDonald’s and that eventually changed to a local bagel shop. Now we usually go to Starbucks and this was the first chance of the school year that we had to go. I had a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. So it was basically the Starbucks version of a Sausage McMuffin. That doesn’t count as fast food because I said so.
Lunch: My mother-in-law has been in the hospital since Labor Day and Lisa is helping take care of her. I went to visit them today and ate at lunch at the hospital, a buffalo chicken panini. This met the criteria of not being fast food: not meant to be eaten on the road, good quality.
Dinner: Friday night means high school football and that means buying food that supports the home team financially, right? So I had a cheeseburger at the game. Parents volunteer to barbecue the store-bought food, so it really wasn’t any different than a burger I would have made at home.
Exercise: Full body workout. The weather is getting warm again.
The money will start adding up quickly now that we are in double digits on the daily transfers. I might have to get creative with the food tomorrow though. Maybe I’ll make some pancakes for breakfast. Now that would be interesting.
Image credit: Victor Adrian