October 2018: Summary & Observations

While we spent most of the month at home, we took a side trip to the Colorado Film School to show off some of our software, and took a couple of days in Keystone while we were in Colorado.

We had a lot of good food this month, but the best of what we had, we prepared at home. We ate out for almost all the Colorado trip, without the food being particularly outstanding, even the quite expensive Snake River Saloon. The best meal was BBQ at Jim & Nick’s.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.25 ($2.62 in September)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.70 ($12.99)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.76 ($5.08)
  • Dinner eaten out: $221.99 ($22.39).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve down from last month. Lunches prepared outside the home are also lower.

Our most expensive meal was at the Snake River Saloon at $40.90 per serve, for what was good, but not outstanding meals.

Our most expensive at home meal was the dry aged rib eye with endive and roquamole at $11.14 per serve. This month’s meals at home are right on our long term averages.

Lunches at home cost 21% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 23% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $331.70 per person in September. We actually spent $40.45 for lunches at home plus $139.14 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $179.59 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $681.69 per person. We actually spent $138.59 for dinners at home and $87.94 for dinners out: $226.53  in total.

We saved $607.27 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

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