March 2017 Summary and Observations

March was another month mostly spent at home. Oddly, every meal average seems to be higher this month, possibly due to more smoked salmon, and an attempt to catch up with our Prather Ranch deliveries!

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $3.11 ($2.49 in February)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.80 ($7.68)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.81 ($5.86)
  • Dinner eaten out: $11.48 ($28.00)

Our most expensive meal was dinner at Gordon Biersch (again) at $17.95 per serve. It was the only restaurant dinner, other than pizza after LACPUG. We ate more lunches out than usual, with three trips to The Country Deli this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $303.80 per person in March. We actually spent $46.62 for lunches at home plus $147.07 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $193.69.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $355.88. We actually spent $177.08 for dinners at home and $22.95 for dinners out: $200.03.

We saved $265.96 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat. Over the month we prepared 21 different recipes for evening meals.

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