BigZuck wrote:I'm not trying to harp just on the food thing, I just think it's emblematic of a larger miscalculation. I've gone out to dinner exactly once this month (yeah, it was sushi, I personally spent $40 because I am not a peasant). I bring my lunch (and often breakfast and dinner) to work every day. Every other meal this month has been at home. I try to be pretty frugal. But what you guys are talking about just isn't realistic when you actually have to do this job IMO.
Look, I understand your position. But if you have to keep justifying your food purchases by emphasizing that you aren't a "peasant", that kind of makes my point for me.
Yes, I think $300 for food for two is probably underestimating a bit (which is why I didn't throw that estimate out). But I also think that regularly buying food at almost quadruple the price (i.e. $4 eggs) is nuts if you're trying to aggressively pay down debt. If you aren't trying to pay that debt down on a harsh schedule, then go crazy.
Again, this is all based on wanting to pay down loans on a very tight schedule. If you don't want to sacrifice quality of life for paying down debt, then that's a fair decision. But you can't claim that it's impossible to pay that debt down just because you think that no one else will make that sacrifice.