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Dinner for one? $210 minus gratuity please.

May 8th, 2006 at 04:38 am

Yesterday I had a brush with eccentricity unlike any I've ever witnessed. A friend was discussing the possibility of dining at this restaurant in the city called Per Se (yes, as in "{add wisecrack here}, per se"). The price for a meal in this place is $210. ONE MEAL, folks.

According to the website, Per Se NY, you get a seven course meal packed with nutrition, great taste, and creative presentation. The portion sizes are appropriate for satisfying a bird-like appetite- but then again fine dining is meant to entice the taste buds and fuel the body in moderation.

Had it been a decade ago, I'd be all over this offer because I was once a die-hard fan of the high life. Now I look at those two hundred ten beans as enough cash to feed my family of 6 for at least a month courtesy of the military commissary. I caress my coupons lovingly because I know at the end of my shopping experience, some of my pre-budgeted food shopping cash is coming back home with me. (Envelope for grocery savings in May: $7.00 so far!)

My friend, who has yet to have children or hardships regarding finance, cannot possibly understand the rush of mathematics that swirls in my head each time I part with cash. She has offered to pay my way but my pride won't accept lol. I am more interested in how much more I can save up as opposed to what I can spend my savings on. The various pfblogs on here have become my one-stop shop for frugal ideas and money saving techniques. While my friend dines and shops like royalty, I am satisfied with my marked down products and yard sale exclusives.

(Begin rant here)
Truth is, it really isn't about the money anymore. People shop and overspend because something else is missing in their existence. Fortunately, it is never too late to start a good habit Smile .
Fellow bloggers, personal finance enthusiasts, and guests alike, it is our job to help others become aware of the finance traps. Ironically, peer pressure forces us to make bad choices- why can't we pressure our peers to make good ones instead?
{End rant here}

4 Responses to “Dinner for one? $210 minus gratuity please.”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    Great post. Love the comment about the rush of mathematics swirling in your head......... Smile Even tho I'm horrid with actual numbers, I have the same experience when faced with the possibility of spending cash. I do the same thing when I see strangers spending too!! I translate into "how far I could get that much money to go"

  2. Princessperky Says:

    Love the idea of peer pressure for good Smile

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I, too, find myself thinking about how much a meal out costs compared to feeding my family at home....although, I must admit...I have never come close to a $210 per person meal...I think the most expensive meal out Ive had was about $50 per person, which I can count the number of those times on one hand....and those made me cringe....even in my spendy days.

    Enjoyed your post.

  4. carol Says:

    $210 for a meal of 1? Is that a cramping sensation I feel in my stomach?

    That's a great idea influencing people to spend less and learn about things called budgets, thrifty, and saving.

    Loved your post.

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