Being active in the community usually means that, if you’re going to be out for a few hours, you’re probably going to want something to eat or drink while you’re out. Here are a few ideas to consider before walking out the door:
Before Leaving Home
Fill a water bottle to keep hydrated while you’re away from home. Put it with your backpack or purse so you’ll remember it on the way out the door.
Put a nutrition bar, apple, or other healthy snack in your backpack or purse.
Check your wallet. Do you have a few dollars? It’s a good idea to have a little bit of money even if you are going for a short trip. If you are away from home longer than you planned, you might want something to eat. If an unexpected problem arises, you may need to make a small purchase.
- Some people like to fold their bills in half separately. This keeps the bills from sticking together when counting them out for a purchase.
If you’re planning to eat at a certain restaurant, look up the menu online and plan your meal purchase. Be sure to add tax. If you’re eating at a sit-down restaurant, add enough money for a tip. Is the total too high? Yes, those prices can add up fast. You might have to remove one item from your list.
- Try not to spend all of your money on one meal. Order less food and then you’ll have money for a drink or other treat later in the day.
- One rule of thumb I like to use is to order water at a sit-down restaurant in order to have enough money for a tip. It’s healthier, too.
- Not a big appetite or short on cash? Don’t be shy about ordering from the children’s menu. In my experience, restaurants are usually flexible in allowing anyone to order the smaller meals.
Have a great day shopping! It’s part of independent living.
- Don’t Eat Too Much At A Restaurant! (cottesg.wordpress.com)
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