I expect some backlash from this. Bring it!
I have very little respect for women who talk about how they don’t like to cook because they don’t want to be labeled as domesticated or be treated like the good little housewife. They’re all about their careers, they want to be movers and shakers. They want to be the best in the business, whatever their business may be. They’re 21st century women and they want to be treated as such.
I support that. Whole-heartedly.
But don’t tell me that you’re too good to cook or learn how to cook because that’s not your thing. Or you’re a more ‘evolved woman’ than the rest of us because you designed your life around being a breadwinner and not a homemaker. Bish, please! You obviously haven’t evolved from eating, so how do you get food down your throat? Oh, you order in Or you go out. And how much is that costing you? Seriously. Let’s talk about the finances of the Miss Independents who don’t cook. Because you’re probably dependent on GrubHub or Postmates. And that $3.99 to $4.99 delievery fee (I can’t get with that, I’m sorry). Or some other delivery service or restaurant for meal nourishment. Spending too much money — money you could otherwise be saving or investing — on something you’ll see in the toilet (gross, but point made).
There’s this guy at my work who buys breakfast and lunch together 3 times a week. Each meal is $8.45 (I used to have a meal and here and there). That’s $16.90 a day. Three days in a work week, that’s $50.70. That’s $202.80 a month. I spent less than that on groceries last month! And that’s probably the average I spend on groceries in general! And that only covered 24 meals for that guy at work. So what about dinner on those same days? Or the other two days of the work week? Or the weekend? How do people really get by spending so much money something they shit out?!? Why is are so many people turned off to cooking at home?
As single female hustlers — and my male hustlers too — not only is wasting so much money on eating out detrimental to our personal bottom line, it’s not healthy. It’s not logical. It’s not what hustlers do. Every penny we earn matters and serves a purpose before it leaves us. That penny is going to go into a pre-planned budget we’ve already created before the month started. Or it’s going to be re-invested in ourselves (workshops, classes, etc) or in our side hustlers (business cards, websites, paid networking events) or we save it for a rainy day. And anyone who’s been hustlin’ for a while knows of them rainy days.
I’m not saying you can eat out once in awhile. Treat yo’ self. But become wiser about your money and what it takes to keep it.
So, ladies. Get over yourselves with this whole I don’t cook, I can pay people to cook for me thing. I’m sure you can. I don’t doubt that for one second. But wouldn’t it be better for that disposable income of yours to go to something more useful than meals eaten out all the time? If you think I’m gonna spend $202.50 on groceries and then turn around and spend another $200 on just food I eat outside of my home, you’ve got another thing coming.
True hustlers know they value of money and how to make it work for them. And we cook. We’re a different breed, y’all.