In the past year, I’ve developed a certain reputation in my office. My name is Erin (what?! You didn’t know?!) and I am a scavenger. Oh, and I also will handle annihilating cockroaches. It’s not the classiest reputation to have, but it does net me a decent amount of leftovers. Before you get grossed out, I do have my sanitation limits and only take things that haven’t been contaminated with someone’s germs. Once, I even scored three days worth of meals from a fancy New York City restaurant after a client dinner. We had ordered family style and without shame I had the waiter wrap it all up, okay maybe there was a little shame but it was worth it! For days I feasted on duck, spring rolls, fried rice and salad with chunks of tuna sashimi. I couldn’t believe it when no one even considered taking home the leftovers. But, I have started to notice that leftovers really aren’t for everyone.
It causes me undue angst to see food tossed away. Perhaps it’s from being raised in a home that encouraged leftovers and frequently had dinners inspired from the remains of our meals throughout the week. Another justification could be the heart-wrenching poverty I witnessed growing up in Asia. Maybe it’s just simply watching the wasted dollars get tossed in the trash. Regardless of the reason, I embrace the simplicity of leftovers and the money-saver they can be. Plus, they’re quite the creativity booster. Throwing together a variety of leftovers or even just some strange ingredients can yield some inspiring meals. Even better, they are a gift to the lazy cook!
So next time you’re out to dinner, consider taking home a doggie-bag of leftovers and maybe even scooping up your friend’s too!
*Impassioned Plea* As some of you may know, the nominations for the Plutus Awards have begun. I’d be ever so grateful if you’d consider nominating me! My blog qualifies for best new personal finance blog, best personal finance blog for young adults and if you find me witty perhaps throw in most humorous personal finance blog. The super quick process can be completed here. Thank you kind reader!
Favorite posts (and one video) from this week:
- Being a Landlord: It’s not All Puppies and Cupcakes from Club Thrifty – the sound of glass breaking rang in my head after reading this post.
- What Not to Do When Leaving Your Job from Diversified Finances (aka Michelle from Sense of Cents) – it’s great career advice to a generation of job hoppers.
- The Danger of Making Money Your Top Priority from Young Adult Money
- Is Facebook Dead? And is Twitter Dancing on the Grave? – via economag (posted by Mark-Anthony Smith) A witty analysis of social media.
- The Dreaded “Insufficient Funds” from My Alternate Life My stomach sank just reading this post.
- The Innovation of Loneliness via UpWorthy (Thanks to Mark-Anthony Smith for tweeting this to me) – really makes you want to phone a friend after watching this video.
And just for fun…A Chinese Zoo Tried To Pass Off This Huge, Fluffy Dog As A Lion