All week my wife has been craving Thai food. So last night, we ordered takeaway from SukhoThai using this app called Ritual. You order from nearby restaurants on the app, pay through the app, and earn reward points that can be used for free food on future purchases. We've used the app a few times before, but not too frequently as we prefer to dine-in. After the fact, we realized that we earned 15x the points for ordering from SukhoThai plus we got free pop with our order.
Can You Really Spend Only $40 For Two?
Yesterday, I went over how I budget for restaurants throughout the year. If you missed it:
"I set my budget for the year based on a calculation of 3 restaurants a week at $40 per meal (for me and my wife). I add in 5 restaurant meals a year for special occasions at $150 per meal."
You might have thought that $40 per meal is way too low for two people. But last night we paid $35. If we had dined in, it would have cost us around $40 with tips.
We normally don't order drinks other than tap water at restaurants. That's what keeps the bill low. If each of us had ordered a drink like a $5 Thai tea, or a $8 beer, our bill would have been 25-50% more.
Be Happy First
My dad always taught me that if you are going to do something, you should do it right. If you enjoy a drink with your meals, then, by all means, go for it, just budget for it. Maybe that means you can eat out one or two fewer times a week. But that's ok. Make sure you "do your meals right". Be happy.
Don't Feel Like It's A Sacrifice
In our case, if we eat out the same amount but get drinks every time, we will spend about $2000-$3000 more a year. Fortunately, we are perfectly happy drinking water for dinner, so there is no feeling of sacrifice at all.
This was a short one. I'm going to enjoy the rest of my Saturday. Hope you enjoy yours too.
Try Ritual, Get Free Food For Both You & Me
If you want to try out the Ritual app with a free $5 off your first AND second orders (that's $10 off), you can use my invite link (I get $10 off too): http://invite.ritual.co/JON9691?em
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Save Money Retire Early is written by Jon Lo, a barely 30 something optimist, and personal finance guy. I believe anyone can be rich or poor, it's what you save that makes the difference.