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  1. Completely agree on the overall sentiment of your post. To me it sums up as another example of “balance” in life and our decisions. Goals of efficiency and needs vs wants can lead to what I view as extremes. Where we draw the line is the interested part.

    What’s your thoughts on something like Soylent? Link – https://www.soylent.com/ I view Soylent as an example of the logical extreme for food.

    • You’re always the sweetest, Kay! It’s OK to indulge in luxuries, but it’s important to recognize them for what they are. There are definitely other categories in our budget that I know I could pare back on or even eliminate if push came to shove.

  2. Controlling food costs is a definite struggle for us, because so much of what we buy does fall into the luxury category. Even with us trying to pare down to the minimum and eat through our freezer/pantry stock, we bought 3(!) gallons of milk last week, a half gallon of half-and-half, a large bag of coffee, 2 big blocks of cheese, and 1 bottle of juice for the kiddo, among other things.

    • Oh, cheese, how I love thee! I can only imagine it gets more challenging with kids, but I also wrestle with buying treats for my husband. He loves cheese (I do, too!) and sweets, so I’d always go overboard when we first got married.

  3. You are so right. Wine is a luxury. As are chocolate and coffee. All of which Mr. FI and I try to keep in our house at all times. Although we’re aware that these are luxuries, they are/have become “staples” on our grocery lists, but they are not necessities. If we HAD to give them up, we would (okay, maybe not the coffee…that would just be mean), but we choose to have them as part of our lists each month (or every other month depending on how quickly we go through them) because we like having a little luxury in our lives!

    In regards to variety being a luxury, I also agree. And I wish I could be like you and eat the same thing every day. Really, I do! That not only would be awesome for our budget but a time-saver too. But alas, I have enslaved myself to this luxury and can’t see myself changing that particular indulgent while still enjoying life. It probably sounds silly, but food and cooking bring a good deal of satisfaction into my every day. I enjoy experimenting and even the process of making new meals from buying the ingredients to watching Mr. FI enjoy his first bite. But I see how this luxury could get out of hand if say, someone was to go buy different ingredients every day to make something new when they already had plenty of meal options at home. We try to find different meal opportunities within our staple-food scope as well as make a conscious effort not to waste food or buy ingredients we’ll only use once. And we are always pursuing ways to make meals stretch (gotta keep that budget in line somehow!). So while this is, technically, a luxury, we try not to get too out of hand with how much we spend on said luxury.

    That being said, like you, if we had not made a budget we would not have been able to see these items for the luxuries that they are, or learn to appreciate them as luxuries in the first place. So now, when we have a different meal every night or a glass of wine with said meal, it’s something that we see as a treat. Which makes meal-times seem so much more enjoyable. 🙂

  4. I can tell you now that Diet Coke is my “wine”. It is a luxury, but one I wouldn’t be without. I’ll forgo alcohol, chocolate and other things to have it. The way I see it, I would rather buy them at 25p per can in the supermarket than have a massive craving and spend £1.20 in the shop across the road because I really want some coke!

  5. For me, it was buying large amounts of produce at one time. While I want to buy bags of apples in bulk to cut costs, it takes me so long to work through produce that I throw a bunch of it away! I’m trying to buy little bits of fresh produce at a time and just accept that I need to go to the store more for it.

    I really need to figure out how to buy salad materials better, though. I throw out the last third of a bag of greens SO OFTEN because I don’t get through it quick enough. Money down the drain!

    • We struggle with this when we buy the prewashed organic bins of lettuce. I console myself some by putting it in the composter, but it does seem wasteful. Now I try to take a salad for lunch every day, too.

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