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5 Ways to Easily & Painlessly Break the Eating Out Habit

Eating out is easy to do and it’s the next best thing to having your very own personal chef (wouldn’t that be a dream?!). You decide the type of food you want and then BOOM! you get it.

Part of the trouble with eating out is that it is SO easy to do! Breaking the eating out habit is possible but it does take some perseverance and practice. It’s simply about replacing those old habits with a few new ones, and before you know it you will have a new stack of savings.

Is eating out a big temptation for you? Do you try to manage your eating out? How do you avoid it?


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    5 Ways to Easily & Painlessly Break the Eating Out Habit
    5 ways to switch out your habits and save yourself a ton of money in the process. Easily and painlessly break the eating out habit...
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  • 1. Don’t Let Yourself Get Too Hungry 2 of 6
    1. Don't Let Yourself Get Too Hungry
    For me, this is a big one. If I find myself too hungry and in emergercy MUST EAT NOW mode that almost always means that I will make bad food choices: expensive and fatty ones.
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  • 2. Plan Ahead 3 of 6
    2. Plan Ahead
    This goes with tip number 1. By planing meals in advance it means you're not going to let yourself get to the "too hungry" point. Have a plan (read: go home and make your dinner), and stick to it.
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  • 3. Stay Strong 4 of 6
    3. Stay Strong
    Getting those whiffs of fast food in your nose as you're driving home can mean trouble because heck, that stuff smells good! Do yourself a favor and stay strong! You can do it!
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  • 4. Pack Enough 5 of 6
    4. Pack Enough
    When I pack my meals for lunch I have to pack plenty of snacks too. I don't want to find myself slightly hungry and dreaming about the snack machine full of all its sugary, high-priced, and easily-accessible items. If I pack apple slices, nuts, and crackers, I can usually fight the desire to go to the vending machine.
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  • 5. Pack Tasty Meals 6 of 6
    5. Pack Tasty Meals
    What's worse than being hungry and then remembering that your lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread and a side of half a banana? Knowing that you've got to eat that meal to save money. Think back to those field trip days and at least make yourself a lunch you'll look forward to. I loved field trips because it meant my lunch had Capri Suns and Little Debbies in it. I always looked forward to those field trips because of those treats, and lucky for us we're adults and can make own lunches full of Capri Suns and Little Debbies if we choose to.
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