Working full time and going to school full time is definitely a commitment and requires you to give your all. That’s what my husband does. Alhumdulllilah. And I give him major props for that. Most people put school on the back burner when working full-time, but school is really an investment. Its the stepping stone in life to get ahead or else you are really stuck in a rut. So the Fall semester has finally come to an end after a grueling 16 weeks! He was taking FIVE classes while working nearly 40 hours!!!
Therefore, I decided I would give my hubby a well deserved surprise: a date night out. I decided we would go out to eat at Olive Garden for a much needed break. Now Olive Garden is a little on the expensive side for us and with the economy the way it is, we try not to eat out too much especially at costly sit-down restaurants. But this time, it was time to treat ourselves out! But not so fast… Although, I was willing to splurge a little on us dining out, I had a coupon clipped and ready to go. $4.00 bucks off two dinner entrees! Hey, you might be thinking its only four bucks, but these days…every dime counts. The way I look at it is this…four extra bucks in my pocket. 🙂
When you work that much and go to school, there really isn’t much time for us to do anything. We like eating at Olive Garden because they have many choices for people who eat only Halal Zabiha meat. They have a wide selection of seafood dishes as well as no-meat and cheese/sauce pasta. Its also nice to be able to sit down and enjoy a conversation. So Friday night, we got there a little before 7 and luckily the wait was only 20 minutes. I was expecting a 45min-1hr wait. We started off with a salad, breadsticks, and a bowl of minestrone soup. For drinks, he got Strawberry-Mango Limonata and I originally got a raspberry lemonade but later swapped it out for a sprite. We decided to skip appetizers since we didn’t want to be too full for the main entrees.
For the main entree, he ordered their new Lasagna Rollata al Forno which is Lasagna rolls stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, asiago, parmesan and romano cheese. Topped with mozzarella and seasoned breadcrumbs, baked in five cheese marinara. It was actually pretty good, because its a new clever twist on the classic lasagna.
For my main entree, I ordered their Cheese Ravioli, which is Cheese-filled ravioli topped with marinara or meat sauce and melted Italian cheeses. It was delicious expect my plate needed more marinara. We had a few bites of our entrees, but by this point we were too stuffed. We asked for our check and a few boxes to go. I really wanted to try their Piccoli Dolci which means “little dessert treats”, but we really really did not have anymore room for food! Maybe next time!
Being on a limited budget, our bill came out to be $31 bucks for two drinks, (unlimited) salad, (unlimited) bread sticks, (unlimited) soup, and two entrees. However, with my nifty coupon, it was only $27.00 🙂 Saving money definitely feels great! If you would like to save some money, look in the Sunday paper for coupons, sales and deals of the week. You can even check out the company restaurants and surf the web for coupons to print. Couple these with in-store specials and you are on your way to racking up some savings.
Overall, it was a great night out, especially one that he really deserved. It is important for couples to spend time together to reconnect, even if it is a simple dinner date. Next time, you feel like you are being pounded by all that life has to throw at you, take some time out for yourself and go out.