Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Frugal Date Night

Did I ever tell you that I got TWO offers for my trailer this summer? Yes, it's true. After I agreed to sell it to my friends for one price I received a second offer a few days later for $2500 more. I was on the horns of a dilemma. Do I screw over my friends for a bit more cash? I was sorely tempted. The two offers, by the way, were a YEAR after having it on the market and on kijiji. I had a few emails and phone calls but no firm bites. So when Michael told our friends about it and how much I hoped to get I jumped at their offer when they made one- they didn't lowball me or anything, they offered me just what I wanted. How was I to know that shortly thereafter I'd get a better offer.

Or was it.............?

Before you leave this post scratching your head in bewilderment thinking the crazy lady has finally cracked up for good and what the heck does this have to do with a frugal date night let me enlighten you.

Hello...are you still there? Oh, good...ok here goes.....

Our friends who I DID sell the trailer too with still a few regrets own a restaurant called Jambalaya - yummy Cajun & Caribbean food with a bit of Thai thrown in for fun.  Is it starting to make sense yet? Last night when I picked Michael up after work we had less than 1.5 hours before our movie started at the Hyland. Since Jambalaya is two doors down from Fodemisi Shoes where Michael works we decided to eat there. Needless to say, once we'd eaten our way through soup, cornbread, pad thai for me and Black Pepperpot (Guyanese chicken stew) for him, plus drinks (sour green apple spritzer for me, red wine for him), we were pleasantly surprised when head chef and owner Kevin said "folks, it's on me!" 

When I made the deal with the owners to buy my trailer I did jokingly say they could give me "free pad thai" for life but I know when you're in the restaurant business in a city with way more restaurants that it can sustain it's not in your best interests to give away food so I appreciated the gesture very much. (It's not the first time he's done this for us either, though I never expect it.)

The pad thai is such a huge meal that I always bring half home and have it for lunch (I just finished it up and it was so delicious!)   So our only cost for our "date night" evening was the price of two movies each (yes it was a double header we couldn't resist) and 1 bag of popcorn for a total of $30.00! Frugal indeed!

Which was good since I splurged on a new vacuum cleaner yesterday when I was Christmas shopping...oops! I would say that our old vacuum cleaner SUCKS but clearly it doesn't "suck" very well at all. And if there's one thing you want to be able to say about your vacuum cleaner is that it SUCKS!

Today is a relaxing day - I've balanced my books (that's another story in itself!), done all the laundry, read the paper, read all of your posts, went to the farmer's market, filled the car with slightly less expensive gas (as compared to last Saturday) and now I am heading down to the basement to do some more de-cluttering followed by some cycling. Happy days are here again!


~Carla~ said...

That was nice of them! :) I love my vacuum, hubby bought me a Dyson purple ball & it's amazing!! :) Hope your new vacuum "sucks"! ;) lol!

Lindy Mint said...

Pad thai is good on its own, but when it's FREE, it's even better! Glad you guys enjoyed your double header movie night. I haven't done that in a really long time. It sounds heavenly.

Niki said...

It just goes to show you that you made the right choice. As tempting as the other choice might have been.

I have only ran three miles this week. I shouldn't say only, it's more than I ran last week.

Little Lamb said...

That was super nice of them!

And wow were you ever busy today!

I logged another 17km running to add to your totals.

Anonymous said...

sounds yummy! I don't think I could change my mind on something like that - sure $ is tempting but I think it's bad juju, karma, whatever you call it and I get enough bad as it is don't need to bring even more on myself LOL!
man that dinner sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful side benefit. Sometimes its not about the money!


Sharon said...

I've actually made pad thai and LOVE it. BUT to have someone else make it for FREE is so much better! Don't think too long about the extra $2,500. I felt the same way when we sold one of our cars to friends. We sold it to them for much less than what we could have gotten if we put it up for sale publicly. C'est la vie.

I love getting new vacuums...we've been nursing the one we have right now, but I see a new one in the future soon!

Now it's time for me to go balance my books and get ready for a NO spend December!?

Canadian Saver said...

Sounds like a very fun and yummy evening! Hope your new vacuum works great!

Marguerite said...

Describing that dinner has just made me drool darn you. Sounds like your good actions got paid back in good karma and what better payback than a fantastic dinner out.

SonyaAnn said...

I wonder if I could sell my kids for free food. And I would save money by not having to buy their clothes any more. Hmmm, I might be on to something.

The Witch said...

Oh I just love your header especially when they look into each others eyes and kiss.
What a great date night you guys had.
Where did you ever have room for the popcorn after the meal. Oh ya the smell of popcorn forget it, I'm total lost at the door when I smell that butter goodness of the gods calling.
Glad you have purchased a vacuum cleaner that SUCKS!!!
Have a great week.

Out My window said...

Okay, now I have a headache, you were too busy, but great on the restaurant, nice to be treated isn't it?

Tanner said...

Uff, you make me tired just reading about all the stuff you did. That is awesome that you got a free meal out of it. Stronger, better friendship + free pad thai > 2500 extra.