You can really eat less calories without eating less food. Spread butter or marg thinly, or buy fat-reduced spreads, or perhaps better, try without. Write down a list of the things you want to do. If the bookstore has a cafe, become a regular there. This method worked for a good chum of mine. Then he gave himself time to miss and moved on.
He joined up to a cooking class and joined a hiking club, in the hopes of dilating his social circle. After the cooking class finished, he invited his classmates to a do at his home and inspired them to bring chums. If you are bent on improving your money management talents, take a finance course. Ignore the marginally gray color and enjoy its increased calcium and vitamins compared to the oily un- skimmed product.
Veggies should also bear in mind that many vegetable-based products might be as heavy in fat as those that are beef based.