One way we’re saving money this year is cutting back how much we eat out. When I lived on my own in Nebraska and Virginia, I rarely ate out. I’m lucky in that I grew up with home-cooked meals almost every night. I have fond memories of my Mom in the kitchen serving up traditional Vietnamese dishes or more American-fusion meals. Eating out was a huge treat, reserved for celebrations, birthdays and on occasion, holidays (she would usually make a big feast at home). Even though my Mom worked full-time as a Psychology and Vietnamese language professor she would always make sure we had family dinners and when I attended school, my Dad would make my lunches.
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