Thursday, August 26, 2010

Date Night...

posted by Ashley

Hi everyone!
So recently, Nate and I have been trying to limit our eating out in order to save money. Now that we are going through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, we are trying to get our finances in check, which means less dining out and more eating in! This past Friday, I really wanted to have steak, but didn't want to shell out the money at a fancy-dancy restaurant so I took a trip to one of my favorite stores: Fresh & Easy! When I got there, I noticed they had a great deal on New York strip steak, so I grabbed it and went looking for some baking potatoes and veggies.


The package of steaks actually had 4 giant strips, which means it will definitely last us for another dinner. I prepped the meat (with steak sauce and seasoning), cut up the veggies and got them boiling, and chopped up the potatoes with Italian seasoning and EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). By the time Nate got home from work, all he had to do was put the steaks on the grill! Even though we didn't "go out" on a date, it was wonderful to spend some quality time together while enjoying delicious home-cooked food! I also have to share what we ate for dessert! While I was at Fresh & Easy, I always check out the "reduced-price" section (which is made up of products that need to be consumed quickly due to expiration dates or they merely need more shelf space for other products). I know that Nate absolutely LOVES cheesecake, and they had two slices of mixed berry cheesecake for $1.29. I have to say that it was amazingly delicious (especially the chocolate graham cracker crust!).


Here's another challenge for this week/weekend: find ways to spend time with your spouse and/or family that doesn't involve going out to restaurants or the movies. Nate and I made this past Friday night a game & puzzle night and we had such a wonderful time just being together. It's so easy to get busy with life, but I challenge you to find simple ways to spend more time with the people you love, while also saving some money!

Have a wonderful day!


Joy Junktion said...

Theme nights are great fun at home. Pick a theme and plan your meal and at home entertainment around the theme. I think with FPU we will ALL be looking for ways to have fun without expense:)

Jodene said...

Thanks for a great post Ashley! I always look forward to seeing what you have to share.
Your ideas are great, and it's always great to spend fun uninterrupted quality time with your loved ones. I had a games night with my girls recently and we had a real blast! It also gave us a great chance to have some girl talk :)

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