Friday, May 02, 2008

Cheap Lunch

I'm not a fan of fast food, but if we are going to occasionally splurge on cheap, nutritionless treats that don't even really taste that good, I don't see any reason to spend more money than necessary.

Yesterday the kids and I each got a double cheeseburger from McDonald's dollar menu. The dollar menu isn't where McDonald's makes their money, though. It's the side items.

So instead of buying fries and drinks (we usually get a cup of water, honestly), we hit the dollar store and got 3-for-a dollar cheetos and a 2-liter bottle of Sprite.

Total to feed all 4 of us, with leftovers? $6.

From now on, I think I will keep a small stash of 3-for-a-dollar chips in the van so all I have to do is add dollar sandwiches and water in a cup (unless we bring our own drinks). That leaves a few more dollars for real eating out, which is a lot more fun!

Frugal Fridays hosted by Crystal.


Ambre said...

great idea!

Niki said...

my hubby think i'm nuts when i do stuff like that, but i don't care!


i think its a great idea!

Jen said...

There are worse things in the world than treating your kids to McD's cheeseburgers once in a blue moon. They probably loved the treat and it was an easy lumch prep for a new mama!
We eat out rarely, but when we do, my kids think they have won the childhood lottery. I don't think they even realize how littel money we're spending...they just love the treat!