May 2021: Summary and Observations

Our evening meals continue to be about 20% on last year, with a wider variety of protein! 

We ended the month with a road trip toward Keystone Colorado, which continued into June. Until the road trip, we’d had one evening meal cooked outside the home and eight lunches. On the trip we added seven lunches on the road, and seven evening meals from restaurants (although one was a take out salad we ate at our room).

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.25 ($2.52 in April)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.21 ($8.17)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $3.41 ($4.62)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $20.42 ($17.27)

The variation is small and we continue to see reduced average evening meal costs having dropped our meat box delivery. 

Our most expensive meal of the month was the Flat Iron Steak at Ruby’s Inn (near Bryce National Park) at $30.17 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 22% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 23% of the cost take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $316.51 per person in May. We actually spent $35.98 for lunches at home plus $153.19 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $189.17 per person in total.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $633.02. We actually spent $112.16 for dinners at home and $142.93 for three dinners out, or $255.09 per person in total.

While our meals prepared outside the home is up a lot because of the travel, we still saved a little over $500 by preparing most of our meals at home.

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