June was such a fairly “normal” month, although a couple of product demonstrations took us out of home at night more than we normally would. In each of those cases someone else paid for our meal.
The averages for this month:
- Lunch prepared at home $2.73 ($2.30 in May)
- Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.10 ($13.6)
- Dinner eaten at home: $4.77 ($6.52)
- Dinner eaten out: $10.42 (NA).
Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve up from last month. We had a couple of lunches out of home because of visitors and traveling, but the average was down a little.
We ate only eight meals prepared outside the home (either mostly take out for lunch). Our most expensive meal for the month was brunch in San Diego at $21.55 per serve.
Our most expensive at home meal was the NY Strip Steak and Salad at $11.16 per serve.
This month, lunches at home cost 27% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home.
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $303.00 per person in May. We actually spent $62.72 for lunches at home plus $60.61 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $123.33 in total.
Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $312.6 per person. We actually spent $119.21 for dinners at home and $31.25 for dinners out, or $150.46 in total.
This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $341.81 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.
Over the month we prepared 21 different recipes for evening meals.