March 2019 Summary and Observations

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.

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