ok there were a couple things that pissed me off about this family... but comments like these get to me too.
without sounding rude, not everyone who has the ability to shave off 2K a month is being materialistic - some people on a higher income are truely being creative and as frugal as they can. prime example: myself! we were able to shave off 2K every month because i made a vow to stick to a menu plan, we switched over loans and stopped paying $800 in interest alone and dh got a pay rise. they were the *only* changes that gave us the extra income. we didn't give up lattes (what lattes? we don't even drink coffee), we didn't reduce our clothes budget (i've actually never made a clothes budget - we buy 1-2 essential items every year and always on clearance), we drive used cars (one was paid for with cash) and dh does all the check ups and fixing himself, we mow our own lawns, we also cut our own hair (dh cuts mine), we don't go out to restaurants.. we get take away once a month, we live in a very, very small home (there is no downsizing for us - we are there already!).. etc. we do what most other frugal families do, we just have a higher income to start with and because we are now living well below our means it looks like we have alot to spare, but we don't if i don't meal plan and dh loses his pay rise - we basically go back to not being able to shave much. and, it's all relative to where you live too. we live in a high COL country and $600 for a months worth of healthy food is well and truely cheap and most everything needs to be bought in bulk and made from scratch every single time ($250 a month would render us literally starving, very sick and my dd's gut would be struggling). we don't even eat organic except the meat (which we bought in bulk from the farm and is sitting in the deep freeze) and milk for dd2's bottle. if we ate organic fruit and veg, the farms prices here are not anywhere cheaper than the farmer's markets prices, whose prices are also close to the supermarkets prices... there is no way of winning. you either buy organic and pay 2-3X that of conventional or you stick with conventional. that $600 mentioned above is just barely making it on conventional which only purchased from the market on saturdays.
whew... taking a breath...
please, come over to my house.. my clothes, my kids clothes and our furniture + the amount of prep that goes into all the food i make does not match our income.. and i kind of get offended when my frugalness counts for nothing just because we are on a higher income, as i'm sure some other mamas in a similar situation would be.
now... off to core 50 zuchinnis because i bought a 12kg box of them for $25 and have been using them for meals all week.