Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We had a group of people over, old friends from a different era. Nine in all, had we each gotten a dish + drinks + tip it would have been well over $15 per person... For nine people thats about $135.
Instead, my wife bought the meat raw/frozen, fresh veggies, kimchi, and other side dishes for around $60. And because we bought so much, we even had plenty left over for additionatl meals. So we saved almost $80 by staying home, grilling Korean BBQ (kalbi and bulgogi) and enjoyed the company of old friends. Plus our kids had a place to run around when they were done. Usually at a restaurant, they're cooped up in their chairs that they become very restless.
So with a little bit of planning, I think we're going to host more dinners at our place in the near future. We've been doing about 2-3 times a month for the previous few months and have enjoyed the company (although a lot of stress in planning) but I think the steep learning curve is slowly flattening down.
Let's see what we're going to have next...
What can a budget (and a bit of planning) do for you?