Two Person Total

Since it was Thursday and I had to stay through for handbell practice, I went out for dinner. I went to the diner again. This time, I had pancakes, eggs, bacon, and grits.

Mmm... It was so good...

Mmm… It was so good…

I usually don’t pay much attention to the bill at restaurants. I figure that if I’ve already decided to pay for food, I should just enjoy it and not fret about what it costs. But when I looked at the receipt after getting back to school, my brain finally processed what I was seeing. My meal cost me $17.25. That’s a lot of money for that meal. That seems like a two-person total to me. Did I get ripped off? I think maybe I should start looking for another source of breakfast-for-dinner on Thursday nights.

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4 Responses to Two Person Total

  1. Lauren says:

    Yes, you were ripped off. That’s about $1.72 worth of actual food, so their markup is astronomical. Is it possible it was supposed to be $7.25 and somebody was careless at the register?

  2. Gretchen says:

    I’m with you….that seems high. I think that meal should be less than $10.

    What are you reading? My go-to activity when dining alone is crossword puzzles.

    • Brad says:

      It’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I really like them. Just yesterday I was thinking about how I read them a lot when I was in middle school, and I think they had a huge impact on my moral development. Or perhaps they just resonated with what my upbringing had already established.

      Whatever the case, I still think like a fairy tale: people who are kind should get the magic cloak; people who are mean should be made to dance in red-hot iron shoes until they die.

  3. Bev Greunke says:

    Breakfast is usually the cheapest meal of the day to eat out…..I, too, think it was TOO High Priced. The Bacon might have increased the price, but no that much!! I Love Breakfast ANYTIME Of Day. (So Did Your Grandpa Royuk)….Of all the things that we had to eat when I was growing up, Eggs are still on my “like” list. (Eggs are my meal of choice when I don’t know what to eat. Fixed ANY way…..) “chicken” however is on the “other” list…my LEAST preferred food on the “chain”…… Blessings On Your Day!!! <3 Aunt Bev :-)

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Pink and Black

Pink and Black

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So pretty

So pretty

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Im using tissues, not paper towels.  That roll is there from some cleaning I was doing.

Im using tissues, not paper towels. That roll is there from some cleaning I was doing.

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Pink and blue

Pink and blue

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