Meatballs and Money

February 11, 2015|By David Lester

E-spicy Meatballs!

As part of my February spending freeze I brought out my secret weapon.  Meatballs! I love meatballs and what is better than spaghetti and e’spicy meatballs on a cold bla bla February Tuesday.  I’m a horrible cook so this was a perfect time to test my meatball making abilities on my unsuspecting friends.  I might just start to compete with my balls, they went over that well and all for only $35!

This is how I put the FREEZE on going out this week.

1. Buy cheap groceries for the party:  I bought $0.99 spaghetti noodles, $1.79 sauce and $15 worth of ground beef and pork.  My entire bill with garlic bread (which burst into flames and no one got to eat), mineral water, Caesar salad, yummy olives and a HUGE bottle if Italian wine cost $35!  Now that’s a night out.

2. Make more food for the week.  I made a huge tray of balls for the dinner and the rest of the week for meatballs sandwiches – which I LOVE.  I made extra sauce, extra salad and I have ground beef for tacos tonight too.  I don’t know what else to make with ground beef but if I think of it I’ll make that too.

3. Have your friends pitch in.  I made dinner and my friend Chris made yummy gluten free brownies.  I had tons of wine from last parties so it was cheap to drink that down too.  If you have a HUGE meatball party be sure let everyone to bring their own dish or a bottle of vino for the group.  It keeps everyone’s night cheap and cheerful.

4. Netflix or game night!  If the party goes long you can always watch Netflix or a TV movie or play board games.  Luckily my friends and I can have “gurl talk” for hours on end so no other source of entertainment was needed.  I would have been watching TV or thinking about work normally.  Why not spend a night with good friends and spicy balls.  It’s a fun and frugal break from normal Tuesday nights.

Hope everyone is being successful putting the February FREEZE on your spending.  Have a great week,


David Lester
About David Lester

David Lester is a best selling author and professional Financial Coach, helping people be better with their money. David has written a personal finance book that breaks with traditional attitudes towards finance and describes his own philosophy to money that he has gained through his personal and professional experiences. His philosophy on money applies to many areas of everyday life, including banking, investing, goal setting, shopping and entertainment.