This post goes against the common view of many personal finance bloggers but I truly believe it. Cutting our grocery budget would really cut our quality of life. I think nothing of buying more food to entertain. I like cooking for friends and family. We grill and socialize while enjoying delicious food and drink. It is quality time for our entire family. Lil Punk is of course included in our entertaining as well as our friends' kids. I believe that by cutting our grocery budget it would cut down on the socializing aspect of grilling and entertaining. Yes, you can socialize at home without food but that goes against my grain. I'm not going to invite my friends over and not feed them. That just feels wrong.
I also think that it would also affect our overall family quality time. We enjoy cooking together and having a family meal together. We all sit down at the table, eat our delicious food, and talk about anything we like. Yes, we can have that quality time eating mac n cheese but it is nice to be able to put together a quality meal together to enjoy. I like cooking with fresh veggies and herbs which are more expensive than just buying a can of vegetables.
The obvious retort to this is that I can use coupons. Yes, I can and I'm not opposed to doing that but I'm not about to devote hours each week to figure out how I can scour the entire town to get free shit to more than cover the fresh food that I want. Sorry, not gonna do it. Props to those who do but I have better things that I can do with my time off.
I spend about $400-500 per month on groceries and I don't expect that to change much going forward. In fact, it may increase with the summer because of entertaining.
What about you? Have you tried to cut your grocery budget so much that it affects your quality of life?