Last week I used dinner time as an economic summit. The boys wanted a meal that required chopsticks, and were discussing various venues for dining out. While they debated the different dining opportunities, I pulled out the wok, and a bunch of ingredients from the pantry/fridge.
By the time they had agreed that they could not agree, I had a meal on the table. While we dined on Pork and Peanut Stir Fry, Garlic Snap Peas, Ramen Noodles (I found a healthier variety), and canned mandarin oranges, I asked them to consider what the meal might cost at a restaurant. They approximated that a meal out usually costs about $50. Next we estimated the cost of the meal on the table:
|1.5 lbs Pork
|1 Quart Milk
Granted the taste wasn’t exactly like our local Asian eatery, but we did use chopsticks from Japan. Plus we saved a lot in fat and sodium, and I was able to sneak in vegetables that I knew they’d eat.
It was amazing to watch the boys make the connection that eating at a restaurant had an opportunity cost in terms of movies, games, and other things they wish for. Now they want to see how many other restaurant favorites can be re-created at home. These boys are going to have to learn to cook…
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