January 2019 Summary and Observations

For just under half the month we were in Australia where we had some excellent food, particularly while in Tasmania, and especially at The Taste of Tassie. Back in Newcastle Foodie Greg cooked dinner for his parents for the first time!

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.24 ($2.77 in December)
    Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.24 ($8.13)
    Dinner eaten at home: $5.29 ($5.13)
    Dinner eaten out: $21.00 ($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 up a little because of the travel.

Our most expensive meal for the month was in a high end steak house in Hobart at $44.80 per person.

Our most expensive at home meal was our Dry Aged Rib Eye with Spinach, Pear, Pomegranate and Blue Cheese meal on January 24th for $10.85 per serve. This month’s meals at home are slightly under our long term averages.

Lunches at home cost 24% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 25% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $286.44 per person in January. We actually spent $40.26 for lunches at home plus $83.12 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $123.38 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $651.00 per person. We actually spent $105.78 for dinners at home and $167.98 for dinners out: $273.76  in total.

We saved $540.30 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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