One Month Challenge: Dining In, Week 4

[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. This month, Megan is gonna go 4 weeks without eating out. First, she learned her way around the kitchen, then she struggled through her normal routine. How did her month round out?

At last, the 4 weeks sans eating out have to come to an end!

Thankfully, this week was extra busy for me.  Between work and holiday shopping (I’m one of those last minute shoppers), I didn’t really have much time to even want fast food.  That being said, I can’t say I had much time to cook either. So I enjoyed lots of leftovers, made by my wonderful mama.  I did do a tiny bit of cooking though. This week I experimented with lots of quick, yummy, snacks. Has anyone ever tried the Velveeta and Rotel queso dip? It’s muy delicioso.

As proud of myself as I am for not caving in this week, I am quite excited for this entire experiment to come to an end. Hello, McDonalds! How I’ve missed you! (Have you guys learned I’m a little obsessed with McDonald’s yet? I think I’m the only person who ran out for some Chicken McNuggest after seeing Supersize Me.)  Regardless of if its McDonald’s or elsewhere though, I am more than ready to walk in somewhere, ORDER some food, and enjoy every last bit of it without having to cook it or clean it all up.

That brings me to what month has been as a whole:
AWESOME.
CHALLENING.
LONG.

There are so many adjectives that I could use to describe it, but looking back at the goals I set, I’m really happy I did it.

One of my goals was to not be afraid of the kitchen any longer and I’m definitely not! Even more, I’ve learned that I can cook and that I actually enjoy doing it. And very successful snack or meal gives me more cooking confidence and gets me excited to try something new.

My other goal was to save money and boy did I! How much. Well, if I can have everyone’s attention and an awesome drumroll, please…….I saved $300 dollars! Yes, $300! That’s enough for a brand new Coach purse. Or a plane ticket. Or a major shopping spree, which came just in time for all my holiday shopping. I can’t believe how much all those little things I grab (McDonald’s, coffee, snacks between classes) add up; I’m actually embarrassed by how much money I normally blow on food. Most of it which is terrible for me.

I can’t say I’ll give up eating out all together, but I can definitely say that I will be balancing my meals in and meals out a lot more. Who knows – maybe in a few months, I’ll have enough money saved up for that Marc Jacobs bag I’ve been eying.

[Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. And if you’ve got a challenge you want to tackle (and be held accountable for), email us and we could feature you next month. Come on – it’s good for you!]

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