Afternoon Tea = Afternoon rip off?

I was invited out to have “afternoon tea” with a fellow foodie friend whom I haven’t seen in 3 years as a treat.

The good news is we have a coupon.

The bad news is the cost is still pretty high.

See, it’s normally $97 but it’s on for $50… but what do I get out of it?

  • Tea — I feel like I could sneak in my own pot of Earl Grey Cream tea
  • Scones — Hello Tim Horton’s Ham & Cheese Tea Biscuits
  • Sandwiches — Cucumber? Hmm…
  • Desserts — This sounds interesting.
  • Alcohol — I don’t drink, so this is a lost cause

All of the above can’t even begin to add up to $50.

I’d say $20 at the maximum, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t unlimited all you can eat πŸ˜›

I’m also really suspicious of places that can charge $97 for something and are easily able to drop their prices down by almost 50%!

This same skepticism goes across retailers too. How can they have such insane sales for $9.99 for a shirt that used to be $58? Ugh.

That being said, I’ve never been to one, and being someone who loves trying new experiences, I’m wondering if I should just go, dress up, and drink tea with little gloves and my pinky raised.

(Oh and no matter what, don’t even ask. This is totally going to kill my budget for the month either way. Forget the $1000/month for December. Rent, Food and Parking eats up almost all of the budget.)

So what do you think?

Suck it up and go to this ‘afternoon tea’ for once in my life with a really dear friend?

Or suggest a more value-for-my-money venue?

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