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Join the February Challenge: Home Cooking

February 2nd, 2010 at 01:04 am



First, I'd like to congratulate everyone who participated in the January "Purge 30 in 30 Days" challenge. There were many of you who went well beyond the basic challenge of de-cluttering your homes, whether by selling unwanted possessions, giving them away or recycling them.

While the January challenge was all about simplifying your life, the February challenge is about reducing your monthly food bill by eating at home as much as possible. While grabbing a pizza on the way home from work can be a convenience (and who doesn't enjoy being waited on at a full service restaurant?), dining out today certainly gives me a case of sticker shock.

And, let's face it, restaurant food is designed to taste good. Perhaps becuase of restaurateurs' desire to have you coming back for more, restaurant food is often laden with hidden salts, fats and sugars, all of which enhance the flavor of food, as well as our waistlines.

The February challenge is very simple: let's see how many days this month you can eat all your meals at home. Give yourself 1 point for each day when you don't purchase any foods or beverages outside the home. (Yup, this includes coffee from Starbucks or a candy bar at the grocery check-out line.)

If you eat at a friend's house, that's okay. You're still eating at (a) home. If you make your lunch at home but eat it at work, give yourself a point (as long as the rest of your meals are homemade, too).

The person who earns the highest score, or a score of 28, since this is February, wins.

Are you in?

20 Responses to “Join the February Challenge: Home Cooking”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    oooh ooh! Me! I'm in!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm in! I have one point so far.

  3. shiela Says:

    I'm in, but I don't think I will be able to win it already coz we are going away to a wedding and it will be a whole weekend away. There will be an unavoidable eating out unfortunately Frown
    Can I count each meal separately instead?

    Anyway, yesterday (1st of Feb here) breakfast, lunch and dinner was all eaten at home.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm in! (though I know of at least two days where I'll not earn a point ...)

  5. boomeyers Says:

    What if someone not in your household bought food and brought it to your home? I ate it in my home, so I will give myself a point! Smile

  6. my english castle Says:

    I'm in--but we'll never make it to 28. I think 20 is my personal score to achieve.

  7. fern Says:

    Hmmm. Well...technically, if you or someone else buys food outside the home and you eat it at home, that would disqualify you from earning a point that day.

    Sheila, if you'd rather score yourself per meal rather than per day, you can do that, but only give yourself one-third of a point per meal. That should keep the playing field even, I think.

    My score, month-to-date: 1

  8. Ima saver Says:

    I am in and I have 1 point also! Thank goodness I don't like coffee!

  9. gertymac Says:

    I'm in! I have no hope of winning but eating out less is a goal for us, so this will be a good way to keep track of it.

    We have 1 pt so far!

  10. CB in the City Says:

    I'm in! One point for me!

  11. debtfreeme Says:

    Fern did you ever hear from the author who interviewed us for the no heat challenge story? I never heard when it ran or if it even ran and do not have her contact info.


    and I am in for the cooking challenge!

  12. pharaohsmom Says:

    I'm in. I'm shooting for a score of 26.

  13. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Drat, this month is one of the few I have an out of town guest. My dad, and we will take him out to a place with umteen coupons.

    Yesterday I took my daughter and a friend ice skating and purchased a 65 cent hot chocolate from a vending machine!!

    So I will pass but could you give some advance notice of future challenges so I can psyche myself up??

  14. thriftorama Says:

    Another good idea. So do you have one for every month this year?

  15. fern Says:

    Here's the USA Today story:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-12-13-no-heat_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

    I'll try to announce the next monthly challenge a day or two ahead of time. This one was a little last minute. Mea culpa. I'll continue it as long as I have inspiration!

  16. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Hi Fern

    I'm in but this will be a really big challenge for me. I hate cooking! But I'm up for the challenge. One point for yesterday and one for today because we have left overs from the weekend. Looking forward to next month's challenge. And thanks for coordinating the 30 day purge. It seemed to motivate a lot of us!

  17. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh heck, I'm in, even though we're being a bit indulgent these days (living it up before baby comes). Let's see, today I got a candy bar and NT got some pretzels, and AS put her lunch in my bag by accident and had to buy a sandwich out, so no point. Oh, and AS bought a soda Monday. Whoops, no points so far! Smile

  18. therecklessone Says:

    I am in! No points yet, but I did make some delicious French fries for dinner (link is here; I like to add a tbsp of sugar and some curry powder).

  19. princessperky Says:

    We are in..3 points so far.

    We might be cheaters, haven't eaten out since Dec, and only one vending machine stop in Jan.

  20. Caoineag Says:

    Ummm awesome challenge but think I will watch from the sidelines. While I don't think I would get zero points I am well aware I wouldn't change my habits so there would be under 10 I am sure.

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