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Old 06-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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What is your idea of a payday meal?

i look back at those lean years of my youth, when twelve dollars an hour (social worker pay) and my husband's teacher's pay had us struggling and pinching pennies....but then along would come PAYDAY and all bets went out the window--then it was a trip to the crab shack for a couple dozen extra large maryland steamed crabs dredged in old bay seasoning, and a couple of six packs of mickey's beer to wash it all down nicely.....

other paydays were spent on thick steaks for bar-b-ques--no less than a pound per serving, and lots of good friends bringing much beer, wine, baggies, and their carnivorous appetites to the backyard grill....

a special meal at my favorite french restaurant was another one of my special payday treats.....

are payday meals still happening today? what is your favorite payday meal?

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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i look back at those lean years of my youth, when twelve dollars an hour (social worker pay) and my husband's teacher's pay had us struggling and pinching pennies....but then along would come PAYDAY and all bets went out the window--then it was a trip to the crab shack for a couple dozen extra large maryland steamed crabs dredged in old bay seasoning, and a couple of six packs of mickey's beer to wash it all down nicely.....

other paydays were spent on thick steaks for bar-b-ques--no less than a pound per serving, and lots of good friends bringing much beer, wine, baggies, and their carnivorous appetites to the backyard grill....

a special meal at my favorite french restaurant was another one of my special payday treats.....

are payday meals still happening today? what is your favorite payday meal?
For us with 4 kids well I did most of the cooking but way before that my parents would splurge on steaks at George and Anna's a special place where you walked in picked out your steak or chop of choice had it prepared for you and then chose the sides. For me it was always a salad,baked potatoand gralic bread, then we loved to go to the fish market and get crabs bring them home cook them melt tons of butter and have more salad of endive the curly kind with evoo and vingar bread and away we went, thick juicy rare burgers in ci skillet salted no oil, potato salad or mac salad these were our favorite pay day goodies
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Payday meals are terrible! They are the cause of an over filled freezer. The meal we planned for that night ends up in the abyss taking up space! J/K, we get what ever floats our boat.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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At home it was always fish, chips, salads etc. from the local fish market.

For several years it was going out with friends to various trendy restaurants. That was fun at first but, it became tedious and foolishly expensive so we stopped.

Now the problem is solved no paycheck, no payday dinner!
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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For us, over the last few years, our payday meal has been tacos. We had long since run out of anything fresh, so when some money comes in, I get plenty of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, etc., and we have tacos for a night or two.

Growing up, I don't remember any specific food, but we may have had dessert then.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:42 PM   #6
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I don't remember payday dinners but you could always tell when the animals had been butchered! My parents would always buy their pork and beef from their friend who had a butcher shop. They'd buy a quarter cow and half a hog and put it all in the freezer. When supplies were low we'd be having meatless spaghetti, creamed salmon on toast. When the meat came in it'd be roasts and steaks.

As for my family, we were lucky and my hubby's paycheck every 2 weeks were on the opposite weeks of my paycheck so we had a paycheck every week! Hard to splurge that way!
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:59 AM   #7
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i guess the really special thing about payday meals, and they were something that maybe happened once every month or so at best, was that magical ability to put our Wants ahead of our Needs for one brief moment in time--to indulge ourselves before the mortgage payments, the electric bill, car repairs, and all of the other ever pressing financial burdens of everyday life. today i think they might be calling this ghetto sheik. still and all, a nice little slice.... :)
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:10 AM   #8
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Today we really don't have a payday meal. We use a credit card for everything and pay it off at the end of the month, and have direct deposit, so sometimes I actually forget which week it is that I get paid, LOL. When we "splurge" it is at random times. This thread reminded me to go look at my direct deposit.

Growing up, my mom was quite frugal, she needed to be with just my dad working and 5 kids. But payday was also shopping day, so there would always be some extra treats squeezed out of the budget, like a couple of bottles of soda, chips, and maybe a special dessert. She would also get one box of sweet cereal and that would usually be shared on Friday morning (the day after shopping day).
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:48 PM   #9
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My parents were self-employed (newspapers, and then a restaurant). I didn't grow up with a "payday" meal, rather, my mom would make a special meal, usually crab marinara, on Wednesdays because that was when the newspaper was put to bed and my parents left work early--around 3 if all all went well. When they owned the restaurant, we ate whatever we wanted off the menu. I am also self-employed, so there is no such thing as payday meal in my life. I will go shopping for some special treats when the bank account is flush.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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I don't recall a payday meal growing up, my dad owned his own business, my mom was a stay-at-home.

I do recall being totally broke in grad school, we'd make the rounds of bars serving free food during Happy Hour. For the price of one drink, often just a glass of soda, we feasted like kings!
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