- Posted July 27, 2014 by
More money for your wallet, even with kids? Yes, please!
As a busy mom, part-time employee and full-time wife, life is hectic but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love to do crafts with the kids, spend some time with the husband and experience as much of life as possible, even if only for a short time.
But you know, often times quality time means spending money and that’s something that’s always in demand around our house. Money for everyday items, money for piano lessons, money for food … always money for food, especially with three growing boys! When I want to take them out to eat, say before a movie or as a special treat for excellent behavior, I have to decide if there’s enough money to be spent on such a luxury and if it’s going to cause a financial hardship.
Luckily, there are some restaurants out there – many in our area alone – that cater to children and understand what it’s like to be struggling on a budget. Unless you’re a CEO or movie star or something similar, you probably know what I’m talking about. My husband is the cook in the family, but for the times he’s out of town on business or out for a night with his friends, the kids and I tend to eat out to avoid the hassle of my failed cooking experiments yet again.
It’s not such a bad thing, though. Like I mentioned, there are a lot of restaurants that are super kid-friendly, and not just in atmosphere. They offer reduced-price or free meals for kids under a certain age (sometimes 10, sometimes 12) which means less stress on my wallet and more quality time with the kids while we play Sugar Packet Football or Flip the Creamer. Sometimes, if the portions are big enough, we might be able to split an entire dinner together, or at least two, which is way better than buying four separate meals any day.
There are some great websites out there, like Kids Eat Free on Grocery Coupon Network, that offer plenty of information as to what restaurants provide what and on what night (yes, sometimes there’s just one night a week that these specials go on). I have a handy little notebook I keep in my purse for just such occasions, and it tells me all of the places in my area that offer kid meals, the prices and/or the special days they’re available. My kids get a kick out of choosing where we’ll eat, and we make a game out of seeing how much money we can save which, if you think about it, is quality time all its own.