I feel guilty and I don't like it, particularly when there's no reason for it.
Tonight the family and I dined well on the staple of many an Irish family of a lazy evening - frozen pizza and garlic bread. Nothing weird in that you might believe. We've done it before and other people do it all the time.
If we ordered it in from the likes of Dominos it would cost roughly €28, however we didn't. We're on an economy drive recently through necessity and Polka reintroduced my other half to the delights of Lidl, so our non-brand name meal tonight, all very tasty and at the very least as good as any other frozen pizza and garlic bread I've had, feeding 4, cost the grand total of just over €5.
There's the problem. Because of the influence of brand culture in our everyday lives we're led to believe that anything that isn't brand is bad. Worse still we're led to believe in the post-Tiger dawn that when it comes to food anything cheap is automatically bad.
Being honest a lot of cheap food (and cheap everything) can be crap. A few trips to Iceland years ago proved that mostly true but these days that need not necessarily be the case and even then it wasn't universally true about everything.
So, tonight, I've fed my family, well and within a tight budget that's necessary and yet part of me feels guilty. Feels that if I were to admit this openly to other people I'd be seen to be shortchanging my children, doing poorly by them. Why is that? :(