Posts Tagged ‘food’

Health food that’s half the price of fast food

January 23, 2013 7 comments

Healthy and Cheap

I am a bit of a health nut, so I’ve had numerous conversations with friends about how ridiculously unhealthy fast food tends to be, and why people keep going back to it.

I’m no saint.  I’ll indulge in an Egg McMuffin a few times a year, but I tend to treat fast food like an exotic delicacy, because you’d be crazy to spend money to eat that sugar and salt infused goodness every day.

Yet millions Americans do just that; it’s damaging to their life expediencies and their wallets.  Well I’m here to tell you, nay, prove to you that anyone can eat for less than half of what you’d spend at McDonalds and still have healthy, delicious, and quick meals all week long.

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Mini Vacations – Enjoying business trips

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

When I ask my coworkers what they like most about business trips, the response is almost universally “Arriving home!”.  It’s agreed among corporate folks that business trips are a necessary evil.  Some more necessary than others of course…

I recently took a trip to San Francisco to attend a conference.  I got a lot accomplished, but it got me thinking about how I spend money while traveling.  Business trips are mini-vacations from my normal life.  They let me spend money the way some  “normal” people do most of their lives

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Fanatically Fixated on Food

October 16, 2012 2 comments

The Plan

As I explained in a previous post, I set a goal for myself to cut my food spending budget by 40% (from $520/mo to $310/mo).  This was one crucial spending cut that helped me increase my after tax savings rate from 20% to 49%.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Cash Rebel, you’re bananas!”, but remember I only set this goal after a careful analysis of potential waste.

So here’s what I learned about what I was spending on food.  My major three spending categories were groceries for cooking, buying lunch every day at work, and eating out at restaurants with friends.  It was easy for me to waste money on all three of these categories mostly because they had all become a habit.

After my cash analysis, I decided to try some radical changes; some worked, and some didn’t.  So here’s how I cut $210 from my monthly food budget.

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