Tax day has come and gone. In the Miser Mom Household, we celebrated Tax Day with our favorite new tax deduction, appropriately documented . . . .
. . . Baby A! K-daughter's daughter celebrated her first night out of her own home by joining her MiserNana in our annual Money Dinner. We decked the table with coins from around the world, plus a few left-over chocolate coins from a friend's Hanukah celebration.
. . . and some scrounged food as well, a la these giant tortilla chips.
(The chips, I got in my usual mooched-food way: I helped to clean up at a a big event on campus. After urging as much leftover food on other people as I could, I took home my own baskets of sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and these great-for-our-money-dinner chips).
This year we played a small quiz game: do you know what a penny looks like? (I printed out a few sheets from http://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/common_cents/). This was surprisingly tricky and fun.
There was, but-of-course, themed clothing. I wore a vest with coin-like buttons, plus stockings that remind me a little of dollar signs.
|Looks rich, yes?|
|Enough already, Nana!|
Okay, but it's worthwhile pointing out how much our celebrations cost the Miser Mom household. This year a bunch of people were out of town, so the Money Dinner was a small event: 4 eaters plus Baby A. Oh, and then later, J-son came home and ate all the leftover food on the table, so maybe that counts as five eaters.
I splurged on the Turkey Bacon, buying 5 pounds for $30; I split this into 6 equal parts and froze most of them, so let's say $5-6 for meat at the dinner.
[Or you could say more like $20, if you want: I wouldn't have bought that expensive meat if it hadn't been for the dinner, so the extra will just make our other meat-enhanced dinners that much more expensive. We're replacing cheap (say $10-ish) ingredients over several meals with something that costs $30, so maybe the bacon expense incurred by this one meal is more like $20].
We also bought $4 worth of kale. And . . . that's it. The rest of the food was scrounged. Even if we hadn't scrounged food, we would have made a simple alternative (I think our usual homemade dollar-shaped pretzels are actually yummier than the tortilla chips anyway).
So this celebration that we look forward to each year costs us somewhere between $9 and $24 this year. Having fun doesn't have to be expensive!