Another full month at home, other than a day trip to San Diego.
The averages for this month:
- Lunch prepared at home $2.31 ($2.17 in February)
- Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.18 ($3.87)
- Dinner eaten at home: $5.42 ($5.95)
- Dinner eaten out: $14.55 ($10.00).
Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve up from last month. Lunches prepared outside the home are back to our typical range.
We ate take out or dine in evening meals a little more this month, partly because of the San Diego trip, plans changing at the last minute and our regular meal with a fellow developer.
Our most expensive at home meal was a bone in heritage breed pork chop (again) at $13.23.
This month, lunches at home cost 25% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home also cost 37% the average of dinner out this month.
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $284.58 per person in January. We actually spent $39.29 for lunches at home plus $110.12 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $149.41 in total.
Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $451.05 per person. We actually spent $146.22 for dinners at home and $58.19 for dinners out: $204.41 in total.
This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $381.81 and we had a2 lot more control over what we eat.
Over the month we prepared 20 different recipes for evening meals.