I love going out to eat. It really does not matter what type of restaurant it is, as long as I did not have to cook the meal. We often eat out during the week because I do not want to cook after working all day. My husband is more than willing to go get the food on his way home. Plus if I left it up to him to make a meal we would be dining on bread or bagels for the rest of our lives(he does NOT cook).
I also love going out to eat with my parents. They enjoy being with the kids and I enjoy having adult talk with others besides my husband (I can only talk about sports so much and his work is kinda boring). My parents also ALWAYS pay. This is NOT the reason I invite them out to eat with us, it is just a bonus.
I remember the first time they took my husband(boyfriend at the time) and I out to dinner (we went to Outback) and when we tried to pay my dad swiped the bill and told us we would never pay for a meal when they were with us. He told us about how his father and mother would do the same thing when they all go out to eat. He said, “We have money, you don’t. One day when you have more money than me, you can pay. Until then, the bill is mine and no arguments.” It has gone on like this for 14 years and will continue until I make more than he does (or I win the lottery). Sure, there have been times when I have paid the bill before he could get it, like on his birthday, but those times are few and far between.
One day, I hope to be able to do the same for my kids and their families. However, with the cost of eating out now, I hope to win the lottery!