You can? STOP THE PRESSES!
Well then that just seems sad. No friends or family to entertain?
You can have people over without feeding them. Plan for visits that aren't meal times.
You know what, it is shocking news for some people.
We've started planning game nights to occur AFTER dinner instead of before it. Our friends thought that was just the best idea ever, as now no one is on the hook for a big meal like they used to be.
This is so key. We used to have a lot of dinner parties. Or just a lot of times we'd have friends over for dinner. It was fun, but it was predominantly before we had kids, and certainly before the second kid, and a lot of it before I got frugal.
So. For about a year or so, my husband has been wanting to have people over for dinner and fun. He's mentioned it many times. I've told him "fine, but you have to do the planning and the cooking". I hate to be that way. But honestly, I have a full time job. Two kids (10 and 4), and I do the bulk of the cooking/ grocery shopping/ meal planning for our family. I like doing it, mostly - but it is a chore nonetheless. And I feel like I think about food ALL THE TIME:
What is on sale this week, and where?
What to do with the produce in our box.
Oh crap I clicked the wrong button, we aren't getting a box.
What to cook on the weekend so we can have leftovers.
What can we pack for our lunches, and pack for the 4 year old's lunch.
What to take to the Sunday brunch potluck
How to make sure we have enough fruits and vegetables, because it's not only just eating, but it's eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight, esp in our late 40s.
Oh, we are running out of milk.
Dang it's Thursday and we are out of vegetables AGAIN. So time to use my lunch break to pick up the stuff.
I'm sorry. Brain is full. You want to invite people over, have at it.
I have other social outlets that he does not. It's important to him. I'm tired.