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The $5.55 Date

Hey all,

 

Okay…so I’m only a week into this full-time writing gig and I’m already learning some valuable lessons…

 

Writer’s launching a freelance career ain’t got no money!

 

Still, the weather was perfect yesterday, we had no plans for the evening, and I HAD to get out of the house. It was time to take my sweetie on a date anyway, but here was the rub…I had a budget of about five bucks.

 

You know what?

 

We had an awesome date!

 

It’s amazing what you can do with 90% creativity and 10% cash…

 

The $5.55 Date Plan

 

Step one: Pile into the minivan, load the kiddo’s stroller and head down the street.

Cost: $0 (okay, maybe a few cents in gas to drive 2 miles roundtrip.)

Time: 10 minutes 

 

 

Step two: Dinner

 

Swing through the Wendy’s drive-through…

2 – 1/4lb Double Stacks, heavy onion and pickle (we love each other) = .99/ea

2 – “Value drinks” 16oz = .99/ea

1 – Medium Fry (split) = $1.59

Total: $5.55

Time: 5 minutes

 

 

 

  The Fountain at Wilsonville           Keeping her Highness happy…

 

Step three: A Romantic Setting

Drive to the library and park.

Load the kidlet into her stroller, grab the grub, and walk across the street to the park. Grab a picnic table in sight of the fountain, and enjoy. Talk about your day; feed the baby a couple of French fries…

Cost: $0

Time: 30 minutes

 

     

 

Okay, a bit narcissistic, I know, but I love seeing my books at the library, lol!

 

 

Step four: Make the most of freebies

After dinner, walk back over to the library and peruse the shelves. We grabbed a couple of funny books, and a romantic movie or two. (NOTE: If you haven’t been to the library, they have a HUGE selection of both VHS & DVD, everything from oldies, to documentaries, to the latest Hollywood hits.

Cost: $0

(This actually saved us money, as we won’t be renting any movies this week. I may even cancel my Netflix subscription.)

Time: 60 minutes

 

 

Swingin’

Step five: Enjoy the Sunset

After checking out from the Library, we headed back to the park and took a leisurely stroll through the park, swung Gracie on the swings, watched the teenagers being “cool” (this was entertainment in itself) and enjoyed the landscaping, the water-fountains, talking and walking hand in hand.

Cost: $0

Time: 30 minutes

 

TOTAL COST: $5.55

TOTAL TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes

 

 

No noisy crowds, no babysitting hassles, and no “buyer’s remorse” over a hefty restaurant bill! We got to talk, play with the baby, get a little exercise, and grab some entertainment for the rest of the week.

 

A great time!

 

All for a fiver and some change!

 

So…what would YOU do on a five-dollar date?

 

(This is for posterity so…please…be honest…)

 

-Perk

  

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10 thoughts on “The $5.55 Date

  1. Dana Shalom on said:

    Looks like you got past first base!
    Great job on the date night.
    I noticed The writer used a double negative in the second sentence.”ain’t got no money”

  2. I’m a writer…I know the rules and can therefore break them, lol.

    I give the truth scope…

    -Perk

  3. mary lou on said:

    “I give truth scope..”
    You also steal lines from movies!!!
    I may not be quite as big a movie geek as you but I do know that quote!!
    Nice job on the date though!!!

  4. freedomphil on said:

    Might have been a cheap date but it wasn’t that healthy (at least the food bit).

  5. Philster…

    Well, in the grand American tradition, let’s look at this “in context” here…

    There was a day when I would have ordered:

    Wendy’s Baconator: (830 Calories, 51g Fat, 35 Carbs)
    Large Fries: (550 calories, 26g Fat, 73 Carbs)
    Lg. Frosty: (530 calorlies, 14g Fat, 86 Carbs)

    Total: 1900cal, 91g Fat, 194 Carbs.

    OUR dinner (Double Stack, 1/2 medium fries (split) , and a diet Coke) was:

    Total: 615cal, 32g Fat, 56carbs

    Positively vegan!

    BY THE WAY…

    For all you “salad eating holier-than-thou” types out there: (you KNOW who you are!)

    A Chicken BLT Salad would have been 780 calories, 53g Fat, 42 Carbs.

    I’ll stick with the cow menu, thanks!

    -Perk

    PS – Philster- I worked where YOU worked…you should know I can justify ANYTHING! LOL.

  6. Freedom Phil on said:

    Double Stacks by themselves have 576 cals, 32g of fat, and 39g carbs — french fries from Wendy’s (small size) are 453 cals, 23g fat, and 56g carbs (so 225, 11.5 & 26 split) — not hugely different than your numbers but a bit higher.

    Makes the total closer to that salad after all. /o\

    Also justifying it by comparing it to other fast food is kind of funny. (:

  7. Phil…why do you do this to me?

    http://www.wendys.com/food/Nutrition.jsp

    1/4lb Double Stack 360 cal, 18g fat, 26 carbs
    Medium fry: 430 cal, 20g fat, 56 carbs

    Half of which would be: 215 cal, 10g fat, 28 carbs

    Added together = 575 cal, 29g fat, 54 carbs

    Actually a bit lower than my original post.

    -P

  8. He does it because he needs an outlet from his maternal repression.

    Drew

  9. Wow…I feel like I’ve just gone back in time fifteen years…

    Yes…?

    No…?

    MAYBE!

    -Perk

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