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Old 04-05-2009, 08:45 PM
Location: Houston Texas
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Originally Posted by CarolinaBredChicagoan View Post
Well, folks doubt me on this all the time, but I'm visiting family in a small town in South Carolina, and we went grocery shopping today. I DEFINITELY paid more for almost every single item than I do in Chicago.

Furthermore, I love to eat too! But I have had to learn to eat out less. Thing is, I've learned to cook pretty excellent meals at home, and I actually prefer to do that than to eat out. It's a matter of personal preference, and you're certainly not WRONG for loving to eat out! It's just that once you start spending more on food than rent... you've entered the realm of "luxury" rather than "necessity".
I suppose you can spend more on groceries depending on where you shop.

We eat out just as much as we eat in because I happen to be a very good cook and I love to cook and try new things.

We get to shop on base where our groceries are considerably lower in cost and also tax free. They actually have a large selection of exotic imported foods. We still find ourselves having to shop at least 2 other markets in order to find everything I need or want. You may be right though because come to think of it I remember thinking that I seemed to be spending more at the grocery store here than in Houston. Ive never tracked my expenses so I cant be sure but it really seems that way.

Since moving here our eating out expense has reduced considerably because all the restaurants here are a joke and just short of disgusting.
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