Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Well, for the first time in two months, I'll be eating out for lunch. I've been a good little boy since I wrote this article back in late February, bringing my lunches from home every single day in March and April.

Couldn't resist today, though, as the local KFC has Chicken Fried Steak dinners for $1.99 on Wednesdays. Ah, yes. Chicken fried steak — the lunch of champions.

Honestly, the ol' turkey-n-cheese sandwich just didn't sound appealing at all this morning. I mean, the toaster in my office works wonders on sandwiches. (They're always better hot, IMO.) But T-n-C sounded like the worst thing in the world as I was getting ready for work.

Here it is, 11:36am, and I haven't even gotten the food yet. But already I feel guilty for spending the money. Am I pathetic, or what?

— Posted by Michael @ 11:33 AM


You gotta loosen up a little. Saving money is good, but if you can't treat yourself every now and then, what is the point of saving all that money? You aren't enjoying yourself. The problem is one of extremes. People eat out everyday or like you they go out scarcely. I think if you can find some happy medium, you will be better off.

Anonymous Anonymous
, at 1:51 PM, May 11, 2005  

I agree - enjoy your KFC today. I save money like hell - but just got back from taking my boyfriend and I to Germany for a week. You have to enjoy life while you're living it!
PS Congratulations on the payoff from the student loan.


Enjoy your KFC- I would. I am going on a fast food diet myself for the next two months as well.


1.99? Dude, you're making me feel guilty. I just spent $3 on some Ben & Jerry's AND I went out for lunch. =P


Yeah, yeah. I know - it's ridiculous for me, at this point, to feel bad about spending $2.

If this keeps up, I fear I'll have become exactly what I didn't want - some sort of Money Nazi.

Although I don't recall feeling any anxiety about laying down $4 for a container of Blue Bell ice cream the other day . . ..

Oh, and Jonathan:

You, sir, will amount to nothing if you cannot break your frivolous, willy-nilly spending patterns. :)


Shame on you MIKE!!! I just finished analyzing my finances for last month... mostly my credit card. I've finally decided to try your lunch approach!!! I MUST...

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