Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cutting Grocery Budget=Cutting Quality of Life

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?

9 comments:

  1. We definitely haven't cut our grocery budget so much that it affects our life. We're at about $300 for groceries, but around $400 for restaurants and entertainment.

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  2. Trust me I love to save money at the grocery store. But I am with you I will not spend hours hunting coupons. I do watch the loss leaders and buy on sale and stock up when I can, but I like steak and shrimp and I like to entertain well. I will not scrimp on butter, nuts, extras that make things great. I do have a huge garden and chickens and fruit trees, so I can save that way, but I will not scrimp on flavor. I also think when people come over you should serve them something. I f I know I have company coming even for a short visit, I will whip up a cobbler or a batch of something yummy.

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  3. I wish I only spent $400-500 a month. Hmmmm, I wonder why I don't have enough to have friends over....I'll have to figure something out! :)!

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  4. I've been trying to eat out less or find ways to dine out on the cheap. Hands down though it is WAY cheaper to buy food and eat at home. You can feed six people like kings for what it takes to feed four people at McDonald's. I think the fact that you are willing to prepare your own food on a consistent basis merits being able to have a broad grocery budget. I will say though that buying meat at ethnic markets instead of the grocery store, shopping the "Clearance" meat/seafood bin at Safeway, buying the produce that's in season, and having a garden are big money savers for me.

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  5. I just started cooking and meal planning again. I agree it's time consuming trying to figure out how to cut the grocery bill. I also like to feedertain (entertaining and feeding) my friends and family. I don't have a lot of time to do anything else besides work, family, and friends.So I would much rather spend my free time doing something else vs. couponing or chasing the sales. I try to limit the cost, yes, but not by much.

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  6. Groceries is the one area of our budget where I'm not comfortable cutting at all.

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  7. I try and save when it's just us at home allowing me a little more to socialise with. We have a seperate amount for eating out....

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  8. I don't see why you should cut it either. You aren't suffering or drowning in debt. You don't put the bill on credit. Above all else, it brings you joy and not only to you but to your entire family.

    I always say it is personal finance for a reason, they are some things some people just won't cut out or cut down, for some it maybe a car, for you it is groceries. I see no problems what so ever with this. There is no law that commands you should save everywhere you can and everything you can. Find your saving/spending balance and stick to it.

    The most I would say is cut back in another area that you don't see as important, and I think you already grow some of your stuff, if you don't you could always try that, it could turn out to be fun.

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