To whom it may concern,
To anyone who heard me say "Yes, I take my kids to McDonald's for Happy Meal Wednesday. At $1.59 (then $1.69 and $1.89 over the last 2 years) it is cheaper to feed them at Micky D's than preparing a meal at home!" I am sorry. I apologize. I was wwwwwwrong. Because you didn't get the full story.
What I didn't say was that I picked up a meal deal for myself and hubby, and often times Ben & Ellie asked for a Mighty Meal (regular price) while Maddi requested a snack wrap, fries and separate drink. By the time it was said and done, the 'cheap' meal ended up costing us ~$25; blowing my theory of less expensive than a home cooked meal.
I don't even want to talk about the amount of calories and fat we ingested. But, hey .........the kids were happy about the new toy and I was happy because I didn't have to cook and hubby was happy because he didn't have to clean pots and pans. Win-Win!
Remember the saying "When you KNOW better you do BETTER, (WYKBYDB)"? Well, I can not say I didn't know it was bad to feed your family fast food, but I honestly did believe it was cheaper and less stressful. After watching Super Size Me, however, I must now DO better.
Just last Friday I had a craving for McD's. (yes, even after watching 2/3 of the documentary ....... it's C-R-A-C-K I tell ya!) I even grabbed my purse and was ready to head to our neighborhood dealer. Somewhere along the drive I reminded myself about "WYKBYDB", made a detour and instead went to the grocery store to purchase ingredients for dinner ......... grilled boneless-skinless-chicken-breast, roasted asparagus, cantaloupe and strawberries. patting myself on the back.
Another decision I will be making tonight, thanks to WYKBYDB, is to opt out of taking the family to 'Wendy's Night'. This once a month activity is designed to raise money for our school's PTO, with 10% of sales (from 5-8pm) given by Wendy's restaurant to Ben and Ellie's school. We have participated every month since September, and have personally contributed about $13, 10% of our food tab for 7 months Sure, Ben & Ellie love to go and eat with their friends, and I can select healthy choices from their menu, but then the kids wouldn't get their toy! And don't forget the free balloons! Oh, and the contest each class holds to earn a Frosty party if they raise the most money!
So, tomorrow I will present our PTO with $1.90, while tonight we will stay at home, eating as a family, and enjoying a fresh homemade meal. Sure I will have to cook and Dave will clean up, but I will fee better about the choices we made.