Our family has been mulling over this "no fast food" pledge I have made with myself.
The most difficult challenge so far has been Taco Bell.
The Taco Party Pack has been a featured favorite of the Hatfield family when I am late coming home, rushing to soccer, or too tired to cook dinner. It's cheap, delicious, and it's fast food.
There are many arguments swirling around the Hatfield home regarding the definition of fast food and the wisdom of eschewing such a practical dinner standby.
It comes down to this: DELIBERATION. I want to live deliberately. I want to eat deliberately. I want to be intentional about what we put into our bodies, and the way we eat together. We will eat dinner together as a family. We will not rely on fast food to feed our stomachs and our souls.
For 2012, at least, we are even turning our back on the Taco Party Pack.
And, for the first time in a while, I am starting down the end of my first half of the monthly food budget in the black. I haven't even had to dip into extra money, because I haven't allowed myself to have any. The kids and I have even treated ourselves to Sweet Frog two times, we have eaten out as a family at (slow food) restaurants on occasion and had the opportunity to give from our surplus as well.
So far, we have saved and paid down a little over $5,000 in debt, just from money we had saved over the holidays. That means $500 in the Disney fund, and we're well on our way to dumping the $30,000 home equity line. That's enough motivation for me to even turn my back on Taco Bell.