by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
For my money, we eat like kings and queens.
If you want to start a food fight, ask people about their monthly grocery bill — what the USDA calls food at home, as opposed to meals purchased outside the home.
Some people will have no idea what their real grocery/food at home outlays actually total, others will mention their budget, others will brag about their frugality (count me in) and others will brag that they eat out most of the time and never prepare meals at home.
Every once in a while we’ll save receipts from a typical month, and I’ll create a spreadsheet of all food expenses, both groceries for meals prepared at home and meals bought outside the home.