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December 11, 2007

how do you balance eating out and frugality?

Filed under: frugal — plonkee @ 8:11 pm

The other night we all went out for a celebratory company paid meal, bookended by drinks in the pub paid for by ourselves. I think I got home before 3 in the morning, and I wasn’t the last person to leave, so you can imagine that it was a bit of a session.

This was a Thursday night, so the next day most of us were slightly the worse for wear. At lunchtime, one of my colleagues suggested that we go out for lunch to help get over our hangovers, the idea was to go to Nandos for a meal where the typical price is £7.50 per head ($15 or so).

This was an unusual occurrence because it was so impromptu. Normally these sorts of things are slightly more planned. As I’m not naturally a very sociable person, (I’m ridiculously introverted in on the MBTI test) I err on the side of socialising rather than not socialising and so I went. It used to be the case that whenever I was ambivalent about socialising, I wouldn’t bother, but since I’m almost always ambivalent, that wasn’t working out.

I feel a bit guilty about going out for lunch. I didn’t really need to go especially as I’d eaten out the night before for free, and it wasn’t really cheap. I’m not very good at being frugal, and I sort of feel obliged to make more of an effort now that I’m a personal finance blogger.

What do you do in these sorts of circumstances? How do you balance frugality with a social life?

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