Take Chinese Food, for instance. In the past, it was a "go to" meal of choice when we were too tired/lazy to cook or when we wanted a little treat. Inevitably, we'd end up ordering at the last minute around dinner time and order way too much because we were super hungry.
Frugal Fast Forward! Now, we still order Chinese Takeout, but we plan enough in advance that we can order it at Lunch Time. Have you noticed that many Chinese (and other) Restaurants offer Lunch meals at a much discounted price? Sometimes you can even get extras such as soup and spring rolls with your meal that would cost you extra at Dinnertime.
So we order our Dinner at Lunchtime and put it in the fridge until we're ready to re-heat and eat! Wonder how much we're saving by doing this...
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Lunchtime Chinese Takeout Bill (Lo Mein, General Tso's Chicken, Shrimp Chow Mein, Beef & Broccoli, Fried Rice, 2 Soups & 2 Egg Rolls, or 4 Lunch Combos for $5.25 each)
Total Fake-It Cost: $21.00
Dinner Chinese Takeout Bill (Lo Mein $7.95, General Tso's Chicken $9.25, Shrimp Chow Mein $7.95, Beef & Broccoli $8.95, Fried Rice $7.25, 2 Soups $3.00, 2 Egg Rolls $2.25)
Total Fake-It Savings: $25.60*
*That's like getting the food at 54% off - kinda like getting a Groupon for your favorite takeout every time!