January 2020: Summary and Observations

This was the first time in many months that the Foodies haven’t travelled away from home! Our only evening meal out was pizza after our user group meeting. We had a lot of very inexpensive evening meals – one as low as $1.00 per serve – and some that pushed the average to about where it normally is.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.15 ($3.04 in December)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.79 ($10.73)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.52 ($5.49)
  • Dinner eaten out: $10.00 ($10.00).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month’s average is up a little from from last month.

We ate sixteen of 64 meals that were prepared outside the home (all but one lunch).

Our most expensive meal for the month was the Pork Cutlets in Marinara Sauce at $12.47 per serve at home

This month, lunches at home cost 25% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Using last month’s dinners out as a reference, dinners at home cost 33% of those prepared outside the home.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $272.49 per person in December. We actually spent $35.35 for lunches at home plus $123.05 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $158.40 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $310.00 per person. We actually spent $165.66 for dinners at home and $10.00 for dinners out, or $175.66 in total.

This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $248.53 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 22 different recipes for evening meals.

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