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Eating out on low disposable income?

By Dothemo 16 December 2014 34

Hello Rioters!

I am after a bit of advice, my wife and I have bought a house in Gunghalin with the purpose of getting my parents in laws out of trouble. We all work, I am on a low income, my wife at the higher end of moderate and my in laws are paid well (but they donate a considerable amount of their income to a Pentecostalist church and their other kids although they do help with bills). So as a consequence my wife and I are often broke.

My wife wants to go out to eat or have coffee but we can’t afford the standard restaurants/cafes and this is depressing to her as we need some space from the in laws at times.

So it occured to me, can anyone please advise on some cool cheap restaurants, cafes and greasy spoons around Canberra (excluding Maccas!)? It would be much appreciated.

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Kalliste 7:03 pm 05 Jan 15

I can’t claim to have a low disposable income (anymore) but one of the places I like eating, in Gungahlin is ‘This Cafe’

It’s open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and is quite well priced.

They do coffee/drinks and food and have a cake/slices display cabinet also. My partner and I eat there for around $40 for the 2 of us, we do get meals and thick shakes though so it could even be cheaper.

Xperia1977 2:47 pm 05 Jan 15

Tongue & Groove in Civic has specials:

Wednesdays – 2 for 1 Pizza night
Thursdays – $10 steak (small piece, not pub size)

Their foods are good and you can always top it off with house wine (I think around $5 or $8/glass… I can’t remember exactly). It’ll be a decent night out and not costly at all. I believe other places have some decent specials too. You just need to look around. Having mortgage doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good night out from time to time. You just need to do it smarter :-).

Hope this helps.

Southmouth 11:22 am 19 Dec 14

Dothemo said :

Fabforty and Alexandria, I don’t mind discussing that as this is all anonymous. I agree, I try to set boundaries but there is only so much I can do. My wife wanted to do this and she still does even though it’s hard for her too sometimes. It gets me down the most, it’s basically her way or I can leave but due to low income atm I couldn’t even if I really wanted to (although on hard day’s the thought crosses my mind) unless I got a permanancy and got a better income. There is still love between us half the time so I am sticking it out for now. It is amazing how living with parents in laws can negatively effect a marriage. While on the subject, has anyone else experienced it before? How did you cope?

I’ve seen this go so wrong. Mediation is the only thing I’ve seen work. It’s amazing how an objective stranger can calm the whole thing down. Try Relationships Australia or similar. Marriages are worth saving.

watto23 1:38 pm 18 Dec 14

Alexandra Craig said :

fabforty said :

Dothemo, your post worries me. While it might make your in-laws feel all nice and cosy to be giving all their money away, it is simply not OK for them to be living off you and causing you and your wife so much anxiety and distress. Please keep you priorities in sight and don’t let this situation effect your marriage and/or health.

I wanted to say the same thing but didn’t know if anyone would agree or if I’d be starting WWIII. You’re definitely not responsible for your in-laws wellbeing, especially if they are in a reasonable financial situation pre-giving their money away.

All the best to you.

I have to agree, but its also not my place to tell anyone how to run their life. The OP sounds like they are doing everything to keep everyone happy and that is a tough job! Problem is the longer it goes on the more difficult it is to change the situation. Back to topic, hopefully the ideas have helped, it sounds like at least you and your wife can enjoy some time together and that is a good side affect of eating out somewhere.

Sandman 7:49 am 18 Dec 14

I haven’t experienced your situation before but my brother in law has. His coping mechanism was computer games and a good set of headphones.
I recommend World of Tanks. Multiplayer game that relies on strategy and teamwork, rather addictive and exciting, yet can be played for pretty much free.

Dothemo 11:39 pm 17 Dec 14

Fabforty and Alexandria, I don’t mind discussing that as this is all anonymous. I agree, I try to set boundaries but there is only so much I can do. My wife wanted to do this and she still does even though it’s hard for her too sometimes. It gets me down the most, it’s basically her way or I can leave but due to low income atm I couldn’t even if I really wanted to (although on hard day’s the thought crosses my mind) unless I got a permanancy and got a better income. There is still love between us half the time so I am sticking it out for now. It is amazing how living with parents in laws can negatively effect a marriage. While on the subject, has anyone else experienced it before? How did you cope?

Dothemo 11:29 pm 17 Dec 14

Wow thanks everyone for the excellent advice, there is an amazing amount! Also thanks for the links on the top ten. Who knew there was so much cheap options in Little Canberra. Thanks again folks

Nightshade 9:29 pm 17 Dec 14

Look out for restaurants that have special deals on certain days. E.g. Treehouse Bar on Northborne Ave does 2 for 1 burgers on Thursday nights, which makes them about $9 each. Sub Urban in Dickson has daily specials including cheap pizza + drink deals on Monday nights.

wildturkeycanoe 4:11 pm 17 Dec 14

If you go to the mall around closing time you can get three takeaway Chinese food containers for $10. I get one or two for dinner and then one for smoko the next day. You could both eat for $10 and take it to a nice place by the lake, or look elsewhere for a secluded location like out the Cotter, or simply a dirt road out of town.

Alexandra Craig 3:27 pm 17 Dec 14

fabforty said :

Dothemo, your post worries me. While it might make your in-laws feel all nice and cosy to be giving all their money away, it is simply not OK for them to be living off you and causing you and your wife so much anxiety and distress. Please keep you priorities in sight and don’t let this situation effect your marriage and/or health.

I wanted to say the same thing but didn’t know if anyone would agree or if I’d be starting WWIII. You’re definitely not responsible for your in-laws wellbeing, especially if they are in a reasonable financial situation pre-giving their money away.

All the best to you.

fabforty 1:08 pm 17 Dec 14

Dothemo, your post worries me. While it might make your in-laws feel all nice and cosy to be giving all their money away, it is simply not OK for them to be living off you and causing you and your wife so much anxiety and distress. Please keep you priorities in sight and don’t let this situation effect your marriage and/or health.

pink little birdie 11:47 am 17 Dec 14

Mess said :

Maya123 said :

Mess said :

Maya123 said :

Mess said :

London Burgers and Beers can be done for under $50 with drinks and they are in Belconnen. Dickson Asia Noodle House is also good and filling, again can also be done for under $50.

Wow, $50. Personally, I would go to McCafe with a book to read to escape the house; otherwise picnic.
When I was paying off a house I rarely ate out. I figured I couldn’t justify it. I grew a lot of my own vegetables too. If you can afford to regularly eat out with a mortgage, you must be better off than I was. But then, by being very careful with money and renting out the spare rooms, I did pay off my mortgage in five years, and the car loan in three, at the same time.

$50 inc drinks for two people is pretty reasonable. You’d be hard pressed to find anything much cheaper that isn’t takeaway.

You didn’t say that was for two people. When I read prices, unless otherwise stated, I presume per person. But for someone on a limited budget, I would think even $25 too much, unless it’s a special occasion and it’s a ‘one’ off. If this is to be a regular escape though, this cost would build up significantly.

The advice asked for was for two people so I provided some options that me and my partner enjoy along with the total prices for both of us. There are plenty of other options out there for less than $25 per person, but you start getting into the takeaway category then.

All of the places I listed we generally can do for under $40 eat in for two people. Those places listed are regulars on our list because it’s decent food and service and low price. Our group is a mix of well off to stay at home parents and hospitality workers so price is considered. (admittably our budget line for this event for 2 people is $80 per instance – mainly not used unless we go to hogsbreath)
A Laksa at most places goes for $11-15 for a large size which is a meal, clubs usually have a $15 main meal special board and burgers at Grill’d are about $10-14 share a large chips and drinks is about $20pp.
Tradies do a 2 for 1 schnitzel on Tuesday’s (also Tuesdays at most places have good deals), Check pubs and clubs for deals.

watto23 11:26 am 17 Dec 14

Maya123 said :

Mess said :

London Burgers and Beers can be done for under $50 with drinks and they are in Belconnen. Dickson Asia Noodle House is also good and filling, again can also be done for under $50.

Wow, $50. Personally, I would go to McCafe with a book to read to escape the house; otherwise picnic.
When I was paying off a house I rarely ate out. I figured I couldn’t justify it. I grew a lot of my own vegetables too. If you can afford to regularly eat out with a mortgage, you must be better off than I was. But then, by being very careful with money and renting out the spare rooms, I did pay off my mortgage in five years, and the car loan in three, at the same time.

I found my mortgage forced me to budget better than I was doing. After a few years of paying down my mortgage, I managed to have quite a lot of disposable income, which bought a car and paid for some travel. This was on a single income too. Its a priority thing though. I have sympathy for the OP, because they are trying to help out relatives, but relatives can be the worst to leech of family members. I bit of luxury from time to time can really make a good day.

My suggestions are similar to everyone elses. Even a $10 asian takeaway from the foodcourt and go find a nice spot to eat is a good option. Clubs are not the greatest atmosphere but if you find out when they have the good deals on for dinner, they make for a good cheap meal. At least you can get a roast or something with vegies and salad at a club.

TheFoodMarshall 11:06 am 17 Dec 14

Snapper by the Lake – Fish and chips for $12 for adults, wine by the glass, perfect Canberra Lake view. Cheap, cheerful and great seafood – http://thefoodmarshall.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/snapper-by-the-lake-the-yacht-club-canberra-southern-cross-club-review/

Asian Noodle House in Tuggers. Look out for the current deals/promotions at the Southern Cross Club, I think they’re doing buy one schnitty get one free on a Wednesday at Tuggeranong.

We often buy good quality ingredients, a bottle of plonk and go picnicking in the good weather, as we can’t afford to eat out often. If you’re still after the “treat” aspect, eat a picnic dinner then go to a nice restaurant for a dessert and coffee.

I don’t go Northside, so can only offer Southside 🙂

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