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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #50 on: May 25, 2015, 02:16:39 PM »
I'm (We're) retired after making the $1M and getting laid off.  We've found we don't like to cook.  So meals are simple: oven grill some meat, Foreman grill some meat, or Whataburger.  For $7.02 we get a double Whataburger, large onion rings, and two senior (small-free) drinks.  We split the burger and share the onion rings.  It's difficult to beat about $3.51/person for a hot meal that we don't have to cook.  Whataburger is primarily Texas and is far better than McDs and BK and KFC.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #51 on: May 25, 2015, 03:26:32 PM »
Whataburger is primarily Texas and is far better than McDs and BK and KFC.

A quick glance at the nutrition facts tells me they're roughly equivalent, actually. Whataburger might taste better, not so sure if it's better FOR you.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #52 on: May 25, 2015, 04:00:18 PM »
Maybe this should be in the Overheard at Work thread, but the other day my co-worker told me a tale of woe wherein she got a breakfast sandwich and iced tea at Jack in the Box, then went to Sonic to get a bigger iced tea "because it's only $1.00" and poured her JitB iced tea into the cup only to realize they'd given her coffee instead.  Seriously, WTF goes to TWO fast food places on the way to work?

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #53 on: May 25, 2015, 06:21:01 PM »
We eat fast food probably once or twice a month, in large part because we have young children who I would not dream of taking to a proper restaurant. Why would I pay money to be stressed about their behavior the whole time? And sometimes I just don't want to cook or clean up in the evenings or we are out and about running errands or on the road. My husband and I usually order off the dollar menu, which saves both money and calories. I can't imagine eating one of the larger $6 combo meals on a regular basis. That's just too much grease/oil for me, especially in the fries.

But I am far from a snob when it comes to food. I appreciate a good kale salad but I also don't mind a greasy $1.50 burger at McDs once in a while either. All in moderation, right? For my husband's birthday yesterday we ate at a nicer place and managed to drop $50 for the two of us. This was two small but fancy salads, and a small deep dish pizza with feta, portobello mushrooms and spinach, a soda and a beer. It was yummy, but the price tag is too much for me, which is why we only drop that much on dinner once or twice a year. I know this is probably not a high price tag, but what can I say? I'm cheap.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #54 on: May 25, 2015, 08:04:54 PM »
Maybe this should be in the Overheard at Work thread, but the other day my co-worker told me a tale of woe wherein she got a breakfast sandwich and iced tea at Jack in the Box, then went to Sonic to get a bigger iced tea "because it's only $1.00" and poured her JitB iced tea into the cup only to realize they'd given her coffee instead.  Seriously, WTF goes to TWO fast food places on the way to work?

I had a relative who went to three fast food places on the way to work every day! I forget the routine, but it was something like a big sugary Starbucks coffee, a McGriddle, and I forget what the third stop was (but it was another 500 calories of some crap). Every morning! He couldn't figure out why he was broke and fat.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2015, 04:03:58 PM »
How do you do without coffee every morning?  This is something that I have both at home in the morning and at work in the morning.  I think drinking coffee also makes me hungrier for other things.

Very well.  Kicking the coffee habit has not only saved me a lot of money, but makes me more effective.  I hadn't realized exactly how much it impairs performance.  It gives you twitchy and jittery energy.  Do you work faster, sure, but at the expense of a great many more mistakes.  Giving it up was a hard road, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2015, 04:32:50 PM »
How do you do without coffee every morning?  This is something that I have both at home in the morning and at work in the morning.  I think drinking coffee also makes me hungrier for other things.

Very well.  Kicking the coffee habit has not only saved me a lot of money, but makes me more effective.  I hadn't realized exactly how much it impairs performance.  It gives you twitchy and jittery energy.  Do you work faster, sure, but at the expense of a great many more mistakes.  Giving it up was a hard road, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I had a similar experience giving up pop. I used to drink pop at lunch and dinner and in between almost every day. I always thought, "The caffeine doesn't affect me, I go to sleep whenever I want!" But then I went a month without pop. Then I drank a Dr Pepper and I could FEEL my heartrate increase and SEE my fingers tremble ever so slightly. I was suddenly wide awake and couldn't sleep until a few hours after I planned to go to bed. It was a shocking experience that's made me permanently shy away from the stuff, because I realized that must have been the state my body was always in, I just had stopped noticing.

In addition, I now get tired earlier, get a couple hours more sleep than I used to, and sleep far better (same number of hours grant a greater feeling of rest, less waking up during the night).

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #57 on: May 28, 2015, 06:09:24 PM »
I drive down one of the busiest roads in town to get to work.  There is a Hardees there and many times the drive though line is out into the street.  This is a very busy street and people are trying to get to work and they have one lane blocked trying to pick up a quick breakfast.  It drives me INSANE.  If they need it that bad, pull into the lot, park and go inside before somebody gets killed there.

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Re: Fast Food Traffic Jams
« Reply #58 on: May 29, 2015, 12:25:07 AM »
How do you do without coffee every morning?  This is something that I have both at home in the morning and at work in the morning.  I think drinking coffee also makes me hungrier for other things.

Very well.  Kicking the coffee habit has not only saved me a lot of money, but makes me more effective.  I hadn't realized exactly how much it impairs performance.  It gives you twitchy and jittery energy.  Do you work faster, sure, but at the expense of a great many more mistakes.  Giving it up was a hard road, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I love the taste of coffee. The caffeine I couldn't care about and I do notice that it affects me but decaffeinated coffee tastes milquetoast to me. Maybe I should stick to 1 cup in the morning before work and skip the lousy work coffee. The afternoon coffee also provides a break in the work routine when all the hamsters scurry to the bar but maybe I should create my own breaks by like going outside and reading for 10 minutes or something.