I have never cut my eating budget since I am a muscular 240 pound 6'3" guy and I need to get all of my nutrients otherwise I would crave more food and spend even more than I would have. Plus the food budget is not even a problem... I can see if you have a large family who goes out to restaurants ordering steak and lobster every night... the food budget is not worth the sacrifice. I managed to stay debt free and still eat at every restaurant you can think of. I am sure the savings would probably put me a few extra months ahead but I rather be satisfied and full of energy. Speaking of food I may go out and eat something now.