November 2020: Summary and Observations

Pandemic isolation continues, and this month we did two take-out meals. A repeat of Gus’s BBQ and Japanese Take-out from Maru.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $3.06 ($2.14 in October)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.49 ($8.07)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.40 ($6.06)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $19.67 ($16.09)

The variations month by month are quite small.

We ate nine lunches and two dinners, of 60 meals in the month, that were prepared outside the home. 

Our most expensive meal of the month was the Gus’s BBQ at $21.62. Our evening meal average cost is slightly above our long term average

Other than Maru, we order an entree for one, and split it, which keeps costs, and food consumption, reasonable.

This month, lunches at home cost 32% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 27% of the cost take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $284.70 per person in November. We actually spent $67.30 for lunches at home plus $75.91 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $143.21 in total.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $590.10 We actually spent $151.31 for dinners at home and $39.33 for dinners out, or $190.64 in total.

We saved about $540 by mostly eating at home, and we have a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 21 different recipes for evening meals.

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