Baby steps --
Ate breakfast at home (steel cut oats I cooked over the weekend) and took lunch to work ( leftover homemade pizza, and brought my soda). My goal this week is to stop eating out. Even though I typically do this cheaply, it is just unnecessary. It is tempting to go out at lunch just to have a break from the office. But I can take a break with my home made lunch.
Update - still successfully avoiding eating out. And since I am essentially not taking a lunch break at work, I leave for home earlier. Win-win.
Week three (and three, is a magic number) and still on track. Yah! I cook batches of food over the weekend. Having this board is a way to stay accountable. I am also tracking all my expenses, so will have some comparison data.
Week whatever - still bringing lunch/breakfast/snack. Today I went to the store over lunch to get more supplies rather than eat out (nothing sounds that good).
Not today, but in the last couple of weeks:
I cut my own hair - not perfect, but also not $30 + tip, or endless chatter with stylist, or post-cut styling with 5 products and 3 tools I keep telling them I won't bother with (styling tool = towel)
Borrowed a book from the library for a book club discussion rather than buy
More diligently turned off electronics at home when not in use
Keeping thermostat for AC higher, using fans as needed for more comfort
Less eating out for dinner with spouse also...
Stopped buying cups of sodas, drinking free coffee or water at work (or bring own soda)
Still not the paragon of frugality, but these changes are not painful at all - actually I feel better physically and emotionally.