New Year’s Savings: Make a Fancy Meal At Home
Our plans for New Year’s Eve changed very quickly.
We discovered that some close friends were suddenly free for the evening. After several additional text messages, we had a total of three couples coming to our home for dinner, games, and fun. First up, we visited the party supply store for the customary decorations and noisemakers.
There had been some talk of going out for the meal, but given the difficulty of getting reservations anywhere nice on such short notice, as well as the expense, the group decided to have everyone pitch in and have a great meal at our home. My wife had been craving crab legs, as there aren’t many restaurants that serve them right now due to the current open market cost being extremely high. We decided to do surf and turf, adding fillet Mignon to the menu as well as some other side items.
- Caesar Salad
- King Crab Legs
- Filet Mignon
- Grilled Asparagus
- Twice Baked Potato
- 5 Pounds of King Crab legs: $90
- 4 Filet Mignon (sliced in half because they were WAY too thick): $38
- Asparagus: $3.75
- 5 Pound Bag of Potatoes: $3.00
- Caesar Salad Mix (2): $7.50
- 1 Pound of Butter: $3.75
- Sour Cream: $1.75
Total Price of Ingredients: $147.75
We served 9 total people (4 couples plus our son), thus the cost of the meal was $16.61 per person. Anytime I’ve seen a surf and turf option on the menu with king crab and fillet Mignon, it’s usually priced anywhere between $30 and $50.
We started the new year making great memories with friends, having a great meal, and saving money. I can’t think of a better way to start off 2018.
Are you ready to save some money in 2018???
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.