Give me a break, people!

by on September 1, 2006 in Meal Planning & Recipes,Personal Experiences

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Okay, time for a small rant here….it’s been coming for a while, but I finally have some time to write it down and share my disdain. Here’s the scoop…

Hubby and I like to go out to eat sometimes. Maybe once a week we pick a place to go. Sometimes it is cheapo Mexican food, sometimes we will splurge and go some place nice. Wherever we go, we often will want to share an entrée because I do not eat a lot during my meals. I have noticed, however, that many restaurants are now starting to charge EXTRA for SHARING a meal.

Can you believe that? It has happened TWICE to us now.

The first time it happened, we were at an upscale dining place. The entrées were fancy, the price was fancy, heck…the whole place was fancy. I noticed on the bottom of the menu that is said there was a $14.00 additional charge to split an entrée.

Doing the math in my head, I realized that if I spent another 5 bucks I could get a whole entrée for myself and just take it home for leftovers. But the point is WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO SHARE?!?!? If lamb chops cost $19.00, why should I have to pay $33.00 for two people to eat them? They should cost what they cost whether one person enjoys them or ten people each get a nibble.

The same thing happened at a regular restaurant here in town, too. They had a note on their menu that to split an entrée, it was an additional $12.00 or something like that. And heck…half the stuff on the menu barely came to $12.00!!

What is wrong with these places?!?

I like to go to places where I can share with my Hubby. Partly because I simply don’t eat as much as I used to, but also because we are trying to save some money right now, and sharing is so much more cost effective for us.

It really puts me off that these places are actually trying to charge you extra, and in some cases DOUBLE, for the same food. GRRRR.

Anyone else seeing this?

[note: this post was originally written on my personal blog, and has been shared here because the content is relevant to the journey I have been on to reshape my attitude toward spending, saving and managing my resources more wisely. It is possible that additional edits may have been made to clarify or expand points.]

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