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Eating Out Way Too Much and Loving It!

Today was Thursday, and so we did what we do most Thursdays – we ate out.

We actually don’t have this in our budget, and it’s okay.  We didn’t spend a dime.

Every Thursday night our good friends have a standing invitation for several couples to come over and enjoy some good cooking, friendship, coffee, and a time to ask everyone else questions they’ve been having – mostly about the Bible.  Many times, couples will bring some food along, but all that does is make sure we have more than one dessert choice!

We spent four hours there tonight, and it was the best time I’ve had in…well, a week! The only thing it cost was the gas to get there (and I meant to bring some cookies, but I forgot them in the kitchen.)

It got me thinking – for us, eating out is often a time for us to socialize with our friends.  After church on Sundays some of the same couples have a tendency to go to a hole-in-the-wall diner with the best buffalo chicken salad I’ve ever had! (Cravings….)  We do it because we want to spend more time together, and because it means when we go home we can go straight to bed for a nap.  I don’t know why Sundays wear me out so much, lol.

But I think I had more fun going over to our friend’s house and eating her chili than the diner on Sunday.  And it was free.  And it got me thinking that if I didn’t have this friend who wanted to cook so people would come over on Thursdays, it would be so easy to get a bunch of friends together on a weekly basis for a pot luck – each of us would cook one part of the meal, or perhaps each week would be someone else’s responsibility.  That way, we get all the benefits of eating out – not having to cook, having a chance to socialize – without the negative aspects – the unhealthy nature of most restaurant foods, and the cost!

Is this something that would work in your life?  Do you have friends who would love to start a dinner co-op?