Twenty Dollar Dinners

Credit CardsWith the global economy and the stock market up in the air, I’m doing everything I can to watch the wallet. First of all, I’ve been comparing credit cards at Totally Money. We have so much information at our fingertips, we have no excuse for not researching the credit cards we use. Annual fees and bad APR’s can really take a financial toll. Secondly, one of my go to moves for dinner is buying two pounds of New York steak at five dollars a pound. If I have more time, I would buy some vegetables for a few more dollars. Total cost would be about twelve dollars. However, with the chopping, grilling, and washing dishes, the cost of the entire meal goes up because of the additional time expense. Now that we have Baby Buck, free time is hard to come by. We still need to eat. To assist, I’ve been leaning heavily on my dinner survival guide.

Is an additional eight dollars a fair price to pay to outsource the dinner preparation chores? Am I missing anything?

Stay Inspired!


T.G.I. Friday’s Pick 2 for $10

Applebee’s 2 for $20 Menu

Chili’s $20 for 2 Menu

Marie Callender’s New Backyard BBQ & Pie Combos Starting at $9.99

Souplantation All You Can Eat Soup and Salad for less than $10

Denny’s $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu

IHOP New 7 for $7

Southern California

Nikki C’s Monday Night Prix Fixe

Savannah Chop House Perfect $10 Menu

Mimi’s Bistro Meals from $9.99

Honorable Mention

California Pizza Kitchen


Red Lobster

Macaroni Grill

Olive Garden

Black Angus

Elephant Bar

Tony Roma’s

Outback Steakhouse

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10 Responses

  1. I love the TGI Friday’s deals when they have them. I think it is a great value if you normally don’t get an appetizer or desert! That’s why we love it.

  2. Sure, I think you gotta do what you gotta do to get through this year. Once he’s a bit older, you’ll have time to throw the NY steak on the grill again. I didn’t touch the grill last summer either, but it’s back in action this year. 🙂
    Any good local places? We are a bit snooty about food and tend to avoid chains.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for chiming in Joe! Really helps to know what another recent father went through. If I find any good eats in Portland I’ll let ya know! Or if you find one worth mentioning, let me know so I can add it to the list!

  3. krantcents says:

    I think it is more than dollars and cents. I have a budget of $2-250 a month for dining out. I avoid these kinds of chains for the small local restaurants. Sometimes, I spend more than $20 and other times less.

  4. 101 Centavos says:

    Other factors like social time during meal preparation are hard to cost out.
    Tempting add-ons like drinks and desserts are just that, making the cost of that entree more than 20 bucks. Helps to think more of total price per head. We reserve eating out for special occasions and nights out with friends.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Good point 101C! Most of my friends and family are out of town so it’s usually just my wife and kid. Guess that’s why I factored it out? Thanks for your counter point!

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