Well, it’s more like a hamburger last Saturday. While I was out “hounding” some deals last week, it hit me: a burger craving. Every once in a while, I get these cravings for a big, giant, juicy burger on a toasted bun, with just a dollop of ketchup as it’s dance partner. Medium cooked, and all the way messy once bitten; that is heaven for me.
Now usually, when my craving attacks, we round up the posse and run to our favorite burger joints in the area, one being a place called Five Guys(our first lady is a big fan as well), but this time, I took a stand.
I saw I was on the road of my favorite, reasonably priced, grocery store and knew that I could run in, grab what I needed, and make my own hamburger. I stopped in, grabbed the ground beef that was on sale, the .99 bag of shoe string fries, and a clearance bag of sesame seed buns from the bakery. Also, to add insult to injury, I grabbed a bottle of full priced, yes I said full priced, 2 liter A&W root beer. I had a root beer float dancing in my brain, and vanilla bean ice cream waiting in the freezer.
After all was said and done, I ended up paying 7.09 for everything, the price of one burger and fries combo at our favorite burger joint(not including a fountain drink). I got home, got down to business, and we were eating GIANT(as big as my head) burgers with fries and root beer floats within 15 minutes.
I decided that since the whole meal was made and eaten on the same day, and we would have just gone out to eat usually, I took the money I spent from our “entertaining” allotment for the month. So, for 2.63 a person, we treated ourselves the same way we would have if we had ordered out. No tummy aches after, no hubby running to the fridge around 9pm because the take-out food just wasn’t enough. It’s amazing what a homemade “take-out” dinner can accomplish.
It can be hard sometimes to be so frugal; saving every penny, staying away from your favorite stores and restaurants, and seeing your money disappear to bills and debt as soon as you get it. Some get tired and end up treating themselves to something that they truly can’t afford. Others get depressed and wonder when they’ll be able to actually use the money they make. Sometimes, you just need a little “splurge.” Whether that’s a trip to the store to buy your all time favorite ice cream, or a trip to Marshalls, TJ Maxx or Target for a new shirt, it is necessary. So, when you feel the itch, scratch it. We did it somewhat frugally, but a treat’s a treat no matter how you do it.
Save those pennies, but don’t forget to live life a little. A hamburger today is what I say!
What about you all? What do you “splurge” on when you get the itch to treat yourself?