A Frugal Queen’s Experience At McDonald’s

by Pam on July 1, 2010

Ever since I started this blog, I have been preoccupied with jotting down ideas about earning extra money or being frugal whenever I hear about them or experience them firsthand so that I can share them on this blog.  Sometimes I think of myself as the Frugal Queen and wonder if maybe I am a bit extreme, but I guess it all boils down to the fact that I work really hard for the money I earn, and as a Canadian I pay a lot of tax, so I want to make sure that the money I spend is being stretched to its limit.  I guess there’s nothing wrong with that.

To further emphasize my frugal queeniness ( I know that’s not a word!), I want to tell you about my experience eating breakfast at McDonald’s.  Once a year for some reason I crave McDonald’s.  I am not sure why, but I always do, and when I finally give in to my temptation and eat there, I end up feeling ill for a few hours, and then I regret spending my money on something that makes me sick.

Anyway, during our recent road trip, it was raining and we couldn’t make our regular breakfast of eggs and instant oatmeal out in the rain, so we caved and decided to have breakfast at McDonald’s.  Together, our breakfast came to $8.72.  My selection was extremely disappointing.  My breakfast sandwich was soggy and lukewarm.   I know McDonald’s is considered a cheap place to eat because its primary goal is to provide convenience, but for the sake of argument, for $8.72 I could have bought a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, and a whole package of instant oatmeal that would have made us breakfast for over half the week!

I wouldn’t normally compare what I could have bought with the money I spent at a restaurant, but when it is so thoroughly disappointing, I can’t help but make a comparison.  Don’t make the same mistake as me and waste your money on food you don’t like.   If you do plan to eat out once in a while, be sure to choose a place where you know you will love the food so that it truly can be a treat and you won’t regret the money you spent.  It’s better to spend a little extra and enjoy what you are eating, rather than be too cheap and wish you hadn’t bothered.

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