One of my husband’s college buddies is staying with us right now. He’s only here for one day, and we’re glad that we get to spend time with him while he’s in town. A few days ago, he emailed us and suggested that we go to a local restaurant for dinner tonight. It’s a pretty cool place, and it has a video game arcade attached to the restaurant. So the idea is that you go for dinner and then buy a game card (I think they start at $20) and spend an hour or so playing video games. We’ve gone before with other friends, and while it is fun, it’s also expensive. Between food, drinks, and the video game card, it gets pricey.
So I suggested that I could make dinner and we could hang out here for the evening. We didn’t mention anything about saving money, but just threw the suggestion out there. Our friend was happy with that idea (he’s a pretty easy-to-please guy), and we had a great evening. I made lentil curry with brown rice, and a huge fruit salad for dessert. I had most of the ingredients on hand – my trip to the grocery store this afternoon set us back $9. And I now have enough left over curry and rice for at least two more meals.
My husband and his friend played some Mario Karts on our Nintendo 64, and we all sat around playing with the baby. It was a great evening, and it cost a fraction of what we’d have paid if we had gone to the restaurant/arcade. Feeling successfully frugal.