Cut back. My family can enjoy a decent dinner at home for about ฟ. If we went out, that same dinner would probably cost โ. And some meals, like tacos, spaghetti, chicken, or steaks, really do not take that long to make. If you plan to have some leftovers for lunch or another meal, just a little effort can save you quite a bit. We cut back from about 4 meals out to 2 meals out every week. I do not think this makes us suffer, and we save at least 赨 a month.
We have all heard the saying "Pay Yourself First" when it comes to creating wealth and a budget. But more importantly than that is to allow for a little mad money for yourself and your spouse. The lack of a little fun money is the number one reason most budgets don't work.