Friday, April 17, 2015

Money Dinner

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 then we feasted on some of our favorite money-themed foods, including the bringin'-home-the-Turkey-bacon from market, plus a giant pile of the green stuff (kale chips) . . .

. . . 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  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?
There was money jewelry adorning certain diners at the table, too; plus, let's just take another look at this adorable one, yes?
Enough already, Nana!
No?  Okay we'll stop.

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!

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