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Looking a Gift Card Horse in the Mouth

When it comes to receiving gifts, I have a major preference to gift cards over anything else. I know part of the fun of gift giving is the thought involved, but more often than not in my experience, the thoughtful gifts backfire. For example, I think it’s great that you know that I love Hello Kitty and own a Hello Kitty toaster.

But just because I own that Hello Kitty toaster doesn’t mean that I want you to waste your money and buy me a Hello Kitty king sheet set with matching curtains that I’ll never use. I’m 35. There’s only so many gifts for a 12-year old that I’ll enjoy.

I love gift cards because you can use them when you need them most. You may think it’s lame getting me an Amazon gift card, but to me that’s the best of the best. With that said, one of the worst gifts you can receive is the gift card to the place you never go. That brings me to today’s lunch. For almost 3 years, I have had a Macaroni Grill gift card in my wallet. Hubs and I were headed to lunch, didn’t know what we wanted to eat, and happened to pass by one. I don’t like Macaroni Grill, but I do like saving money.

And I quote the hubs: “You wanna get Macaroni Grill over with?”

Macaroni Grill it is.

We both ordered from the menu of items with 575 calories or less. While we waited, the server brought out the bread for the table. We usually don’t eat bread, but we were so hungry we decided to try it.

Saltiest bread ever. It was good, but a few of the bites actually tasted like licking pure salt. Unless there’s a tequila center, no one needs that much salt.

The restaurant was all but empty but the food took a long time to come out. At one point, the waiter apologized that the food was taking so long and told us that the manager was cooking and she’s slower because she “doesn’t normally cook.”

You know what I love?      Food from people that don’t normally cook.

While we waited, I got bored.

And hungrier.

And hungrier.

The food finally came out. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Spiedini. (Hubs got the Jumbo Shrimp Spiedini)

Besides not tasting that great, it was disgusting how much oil our meals were drenched in. There is no way this thing was 360 calories and 1 gram of fat like the menu says.

We each took about 5 bites and decided it just wasn’t worth it. The chef came out and asked how our meals were and we told her that we weren’t happy. She offered to make us something else, but we really didn’t want to stay. We asked for our check and decided to go somewhere else.

When we tried to pay our check, the waiter looked confused. We didn’t realize they comped both our meals. While I appreciate the customer service, I just can’t get rid of that stupid gift card…

After we left, we ran a few errands and ended up at Gators Dockside (which never disappoints). We started with the Gator Tail – a fave of the hubs.

And we both got the same salad as last time – the Ham and Cheddar Harvest Crisp.

Look! We’re happy now!

I even made out with the delicious apple vinaigrette dressing right in front of hubs and he didn’t get jealous.

I don’t know how to write this post without sounding like a cold-hearted snake (“look into his eyes!”). And I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. Anytime someone gives me something, I appreciate that person and their kindness SO much. BUT, I would rather you spend your hard-earned money on something you need rather than something I will never use.

Do you get gifts you never use?

What’s the worst gift you’ve received? Do you tell the person you don’t like it? (I never did before. But once I met my husband, that changed. His family is really big on buying something they know you’ll want. So even if you asked for something specifically, they always include a gift receipt just in case.)

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