Making Eating at Home Fun

by Christina Brown · 1 comment

in Frugal Living

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy going out to eat.  I love the atmosphere, the people-watching, the food.

As I’ve made my way through the No Eating Out Challenge, I’ve had to adapt to eating at home. Every. Single. Day.

It’s possible to enjoy eating from home if you try some of these tips:

Cook something new and interesting. Go outside of your cooking comfort zone and try something new.  If you’re afraid your family won’t like a new dish, consider creating a fancy dessert instead.

Change the scene. If the weather is warm enough, head outside for a picnic, or create a picnic indoors on a blanket in your living room.

Change the mood. Eat by candlelight.  Play some soft music.  Use a tablecloth and cloth napkins or put out some wacky placemats.  Always sit in the same spot?  Play musical chairs.

Start a conversation. Sometimes we get in a rut of gobbling down our dinners and rushing to the next activity.  Take your time and get to know more about your kids and spouse over a home-cooked meal.

Play restaurant.  Make up a menu.  Take your family’s dinner orders on a notepad.  Give your kids crayons and a paper placemat to color while they’re waiting for dinner to be served.

Invite people over.  Invite some family or friends over to break bread with you.  You could have a pizza-making party or a taco bar.

Change the meal. Breakfast for dinner is a favorite at our house.  You could also eat lunch for dinner or just make a meal out of appetizers.

Eat dessert first.  Life’s short.  It won’t hurt to shake up the order of things just once.  And your kids just may surprise you and eat their veggies anyway.

Eating at home is healthier and better for your wallet than eating out, but that doesn’t mean it has to be drudgery.

What are some ways you make eating at home fun?


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1 sharon November 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

I don’t know if it comes down to value for the money, but the last couple of times I’ve gone out to eat with the family it just wasn’t worth it. The food was just okay, but the cost was outrageous. I figured out I could make filet mignon, baked potatoes, caesar salad and hot warm rolls for the same price it costs to go out for pizza. Insane!

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