Just a quick post today because we still have SOOO much left to do to prepare for our Halloween party tonight! Since we are super busy with all of that I decided not to make a production out of dinner last night, and we didn’t have enough leftovers to make a meal. So we ordered some takeout for the first time in (what felt like) years. I actually heard myself explaining to my 5-year-old that “take-out is when you go pick the food up from the restaurant and eat it at home.”
We got the idea from some coupons that my daughter brought home from school. After quickly sifting through the stack I threw away a bunch of discounts to fast food and ice cream places. But, one coupon to a place called “Noodles & Company” stood out to me because I wondered if they had any dishes made with 100% whole grain noodles. I gave them a call and was somewhat surprised (but pleased) to learn that you could substitute whole-wheat linguini in any dish. So we decided to give them a shot. When I went to pick up our order I realized it was not a very formal place, and that it was basically set up like a Moe’s or Qdoba except serving noodles. It didn’t have a drive-thru or anything like that, but I wondered if this was more of a “fast food” type place than I originally thought.
I got home and soon after we dug right into our Pad Thai and Curry dishes we were quickly reminded why we never get take-out. The food was just okay and my husband and 3-year-old actually didn’t like it at all. The noodles were whole grain like they said, but the sauces and toppings were probably not made with the freshest of ingredients (my husband claims the sauces tasted like a mix of corn starch and corn syrup, which would make this one of the rare occasions we’ve broken our original rules while on a budget). I must blame our food snobiness (is that a word?) on the fact that we’ve been doing nothing but spoiling ourselves with real, fresh, delicious, and wholesome food ever since we started our first 100-day pledge. I guess some might see it as a downside that the low quality stuff just doesn’t taste good anymore, but we of course would not change a thing (now that we have seen the light)!
With our coupon dinner was only $8.19 so at least it was a small investment to figure out their restaurant wasn’t a good fit for us. Without the coupon it would have been twice as much. So this is where we stand at the close of week 4 with our $20/week eating out budget so far…
- Week 1: Dinner at Earth Fare Kids Night $7.59
- Week 2: A smoothie from Earth Fare while shopping one day $4.68
- Week 3: Noodles & Company $8.19
Amount left in eating out envelope = $59.54 I think I am going to save up so we can enjoy a nice, high quality meal at a local restaurant sometime soon.