The Value of “Only” $40

Earlier this week a friend asked me out for dinner at a pretty pricey restaurant. Having been there once before for a special occasion I knew that the food and service wasn’t that great and definitely not worth the price tag (at least to me). I declined my friend’s invitation. When she asked why, I told her the truth. “It’s at least forty dollars for dinner for one person, and the food’s not that great. I’d rather save the money, but if you’d like to go somewhere else. I’m open to that.”

Well, my friend wasn’t open to changing the plans (rightfully so, as she’d invited other people) so I didn’t go out to dinner that nigh


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10 Responses to The Value of “Only” $40

  1. ANOTHER great article Jennifer.

    So true.

  2. I agree, I won’t throw money out a moving car window either!

  3. lizajane says:

    Great post! I think too often we feel “guilted” into doing something with comments like your friend’s.

  4. Aryn says:

    I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot recently. Thanks for another perspective on it – I completely agree.

  5. Larry says:

    your reasoning is very justifiable and yes, sometimes you have to bite the bullet for some QT with a friend. i’ve been through a few circumstances that i thought the same as you and ended up offending people. it’s a touchy subject.

  6. Jo says:

    I absolutely agree with you. Great article.

  7. Susan says:

    Yes Jennifer, I too constantly find myself walking away from purchases when I really give it a second thought and think, no, that’s not worth it to me.

  8. a91030Mom says:

    Thanks for a wonderful article.

    I make these calculations all the time. Another thing that I place a high value on is patronizing local family o/o businesses. Places that have bad food and service don’t deserve a return visit. I believe there are many good places out there vieing for my business and they deserve a shot and my repeat business. Places with bad food and bad service do not!

    As you can maybe tell, I love to eat out, but hate wasting money *and* an eating opportunity, which is why I am very proactive in *originating* the invites. When I do the inviting, I pick the place and we all wind up happy because my friends know I’m a tough customer and put a lot of thought into the restaurant.

  9. Minny says:

    I absolutely agree with you.

  10. Gail says:

    I think it is odd that anyone can look at another person and tell them what they can and can’t afford. No one except a spouse should know those fine details of another’s finances, so in reality, this young lady was guessing that you could afford the $40 and that is making a big assumption in this economic climate! $40 is still a lot of money to me.

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