March was our consolidation month into our new home.
The averages for this month:
- Lunch prepared at home $2.95 ($1.98 in February)
- Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $6.02 ($8.16)
- Dinner eaten at home: $5.29 ($4.83)
- Dinner eaten out: $17.34 ($18.70)
Our most expensive meal was a working dinner with another software developer at Gordon Biersch at $24.02 a head (with tax and tip).
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $186,62 per person in March. We actually spent $50.12 for lunches at home plus $72.20 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $122.32.
Had we purchased every dinner out at the same average it would be $537.64 each, compared with $111.07 for meals prepared at home and $104.06 for meals out, or the $215.13 total.
That’s just working on the average. Several of the meals we had would have been well over $30 a serve in a restaurant.