It seemed like we were hardly back from Amsterdam and then off again to Colorado for a little more snow than the Foodies enjoyed. That also means a few more meals eaten out of the home than typical.
The averages for this month:
- Lunch prepared at home $2.46 ($2.88 in September)
- Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $15.53 ($10.39)
- Dinner eaten at home: $5.93 ($5.65)
- Dinner eaten out: $13.29 ($26.50).
Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve down from last month.
We ate nineteen meals prepared outside the home (mostly because we were traveling). Our most expensive meal for the month was French Onion Soup in Keystone for $25.52.
Our most expensive at home meal was the New York Strip Steak with Tomato and Avocado Salat at $12.44 per serve.
This month, lunches at home cost 16% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Dinners at home cost 45% of those prepared outside the home.
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $484.53 per person in October. We actually spent $46.69 for lunches at home plus $155.25 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $183.20 in total.
Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $411.99 per person. We actually spent $130.50 for dinners at home and $119.65 for dinners out, or $301.94 in total.
This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $411.38 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.
Over the month we prepared 15 different recipes for evening meals, and had some decent Mexican in Keystone CO.