It ain't cheap!! That's just it...it used to be cheap, but it isn't anymore.
I remember when I worked at McDonald's back in high school. I was able to purchase a Big Mac Value Meal for under three bucks. We won't discuss the 1170 calories that goes along with one of these meals... The kids and I went to Taco Bell the other day and our total bill was like $15. That's crazy! That's nuts! I went to Burger King and ordered a Whopper with Cheese Value Meal with a drink and paid almost 6 dollars.
My hubby and I have gotten where we'd rather go to one of the "nicer" restaurants like Applebees, Chilis, etc. We're able to get a much better meal there and it usually costs around $30 for all of us...if...we don't get drinks. Soda, tea and lemonade is up to about two bucks now and that's just beyond wrong! Jared used to be happy eating a kids meal somewhere but now he gets done and asks what else he can have. He's almost nine and I can't imagine what his appetite will be like by the time that he is a teenager.
There's also the fact that my family and I have eaten out so much that nothing ever sounds good. We all call out different eating places and I can guarantee you that someone isn't going to want to go there. Once we get somewhere that we can all agree on our order is often wrong or something is undercooked/overcooked.
Anyhow, my schedule drops down to part-time in a couple of weeks and our goal is to stop eating out or limit it to special occasions. Other people do it...we can do it too. I just have one really simple question for all the amazing mamas that actually cook every single night. Does the kitchen clean itself?