February 2021: Summary and Observations

We continue to see about a 20% saving in overall evening meal costs, since dropping the Keller Crafted meat box, without appreciable drop in quality of meat.

This month we did seven take out lunches and two take out dinners: Japanese Bento Box, and The Country Deli Skirt Steak Dinner, both of which we augmented.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.68 ($2.30 in January)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.10 ($8.67)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $4.87 ($4.56)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $18.55 ($17..20)

The variation is small, but as noted above, about 20% down because we are buying meat primarily at Aldi and Whole Foods instead.

Our most expensive meal of the month was the Bento Box and Ahi Tuna at $20.44 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 33% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 26% of the cost take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $226.80 per person in February. We actually spent $56.20 for lunches at home plus $58.67 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $114.87 in total.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $519.40 We actually spent $126.53 for dinners at home and $37.09 for dinners out, or $163.62 in total.

We saved about $465 by mostly eating at home, and we have a lot more control over what we eat.

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