…as far as expending Frugalwoods bucks on restaurant meals, we’ve clocked in at a grand total of $51.26 for the year—once for Mr. FW’s 31st birthday and once for our 7th anniversary.
This wasn’t accidental kismet, but rather a concerted alignment with our year of extreme frugality (which, by the way, continues on). Pre-homestead and early retirement aspirations, we ate out fairly often—on average, once a week, which now seems unthinkable to us. But at the time, it was what we were accustomed to.
So far, I’ve been doing pretty well. I’ve only “eaten out” for two meals, both the other day, and both were in the hospital cafeteria as we were waiting for a friend having surgery, so I don’t feel too guilty about that. Two meals out of 40 possible so far is a huge improvement for me.