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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Inspired to Change

I really enjoy all of the blogs I read on a daily basis. Some are funny, some moving, some snarky (love me some snarky!) I find something inspiring in all of them. As I read them I am inspired to be a better wife, a better mom, a better writer. Some inspire me to try new recipes or see a new movie. And others inspire me to make big changes.

Nilsa over at SoMi Speaks is one of those bloggers who has inspired me to make a change. For several months now, she has been challenging herself to exercise more, drink less Diet Coke, read more, etc. As I would read each month's challenge, I would think "that's a good idea" but I never got around to actually applying any of it to my life.

Then in May she challenged herself to go a month with no take-out or delivery. I thought that was an AWESOME idea, but I was a month away from having a baby and kind of had other things on my mind.

Fast forward to last week. I was paying some bills, balancing our checkbook and going over our budget when I realized how much money we had spent on take-out and delivery over the past month. I'm too embarrassed to tell you the amount, but let me just say I could own some REALLY nice shoes right now. And not DSW or Target nice. I'm talking Sex and the City nice!

In my defense (kind of) I did just have a baby and cooking has not been high on the priority list. But being able to send said baby to college is a pretty big priority and if we keep throwing away that kind of money on delivery he'll be sadly uneducated.

So as of today, Oct. 1, no take-out or delivery for the Ricardo clan. Ricky and I are not known for our willpower. All you have to do is look at my ever-expanding purse collection or our ever-fluctuating weight to see that. But hopefully this time will be different. Because this time we have YOU. I'm hopeful that putting this out there to all of you and knowing that at the end of the month I will need to report back on how we've done will keep me accountable. Cross your fingers.

And now, I'm off to make dinner.

12 comments:

BakerGirl said...

I and my parents have tried really hard lately to cut back on eating out and takeout. It makes a big difference!

Thanks for the interest in the book swap! I'll keep you updated if I get a couple of more people. If not, maybe you and I could just swap for the time being!

The Only Girl said...

Good for you! I wish my husband would agree to such a challenge. Although since we found a really good frozen pizza, we've cut down significantly on ordering those. Good luck - let us know how you do!

Lucy said...

Well, I must admit that I kind of made this decision and THEN told my husband about it because I figured he'd be wary. But now it's out there, so too late for him to change my mind! :)

LucyCooper said...

Isn't it awful when you realize how all those nyet nyet little purchases add up?

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Oh yay! Just as I'm bringing my personal set of challenges to a close, you're here to pick up where I left off. Love it! It was a lot easier for us to give up take out and delivery than I thought it'd be. Hope it goes just as smoothly for you!

Mighty M said...

Good luck!

Camily said...

OK, so when you say take out, does that include drive through? Delivery--ouch! Hmmmm . . . you have me thinking!

Lucy said...

Thanks for the good thoughts, everybody. So far so good. (Of course, we're only on day 2. Hee hee!)

We don't do a ton of drive-thru since we don't drive a lot, Cam, but yeah. Basically anything that keeps us from eating the groceries we have at home.

Now this does NOT include socializing. If we're out w/ friends, obviously we'll eat. But we're trying to stop wasting money ordering in when we have perfectly good food in the fridge. Which means we have to stop being so damn lazy. Boo!

injaynesworld said...

That's a great challenge. Good for you. Here's an idea. Take the amount of money you found that you spent on take-out in one money, divide it by the numbers of days in this money and every day, drop that amount of money in a jar. Then at the end of the money, buy those awesome shoes! Or tuck it away in a college fund. No. Buy the shoes. ;)

Lucy said...

I like the way you think, Jayne!

Bobby said...

Ha ha I re-read your last paragraph...you swear off take out and delivery, but don't mention SHOES at all! We're on to you...

Petit Elefant said...

Oh, keep me posted! If I could just slow down on the amount of money going into my beautification process.... you know the rest.