After spending several hours entering several months of receipts into Quicken, something was made abundantly clear to me. We eat a lot of Chick-Fil-A.
CFA, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1) Your food! For a while, one child proclaimed she didn’t like CFA nuggets. We looked at her like she was crazy and ignored her insanity. After forcing nuggets on her multiple times, she has been converted 🙂 I should mention, I LOVE their chicken salad, which is bad because I think it has the highest fat content of any item on the menu. And don’t get me started on how ridiculously good your shakes are ….
2) Your positive corporate values! It makes me feel better about the amount of money I give you, knowing the company is run with ethics. I applaud your stance on closing on Sundays (tho I curse it every time we go on a roadtrip and realize you are closed). You also do such a fabulous job treating customers well. When I come in with three kids hanging off me, employees offer to bring my food to me, bring me the condiments I forgot, refill drinks, etc. The reason I love you chicken salad? One day we stopped at a CFA while travelling and I eyed the item on the menu but expressed dubiousness that it would be any good. The manager was behind the counter and said, “Here, you take it, no charge. Let me know if you like it.” Wow! It was a good investment on his part, because I have bought many a chicken salad sandwich since.
3) Your Play Areas! This could possibly be the number one reason we love CFA so much. Actually, that’s not true – there’s a Mickey Ds with a play area within a mile of our house, but I can only stomach so much McDonalds. Plus, the CFA play areas always seem to be newer, nicer, cleaner and just more fun.
The fact that we eat so much CFA is a little surprising, considering that, up until last month, there was not a CFA (with play area) for many a mile from our house. In face, I was regularly driving 20 to 30 minutes to get to the beloved “Cow Place”. The good news for my gas budget is a new CFA opened within 10 miles of our home. This is, of course, bad news for the eating out budget. But summer is almost over, so my excursions will be tapering off. At least I’ve gotten some fun memories in the process.