November 2019: Summary and Observations

Other than three nights away for a conference and Thanksgiving, November was a very normal month for the Foodies

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.51 ($2.46 in October)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.94 ($15.53)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.43 ($5.93)
  • Dinner eaten out: $16.73 ($13.29).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents up serve down from last month.

We ate twelve meals prepared outside the home (mostly because we were traveling). Our most expensive meal for the month was the strange seafood vegetable stew at Riva in Santa Cruz for $30.55 per serve.

Our most expensive at home meal was the Flat Iron Steak /Pork Chop with Spinach, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate at $13.53 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 23% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Dinners at home cost 32% of those prepared outside the home.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $328.20 per person in November. We actually spent $55.21 for lunches at home plus $87.50 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $142.71 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $501.90 per person. We actually spent $130.29 for dinners at home and $66.90 for dinners out, or $197.19 in total.

This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $490.20 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 20 different recipes for evening meals. We had our first introduction to Birani, which was good and goat tastes like lamb! We also had some great Pho near the conference venue in Cupertino.

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