September 2021 Summary and Observations

September was a very quiet month that we spent entirely at home. 

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

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.20 ($2.26 in Aug)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.75 ($12.58)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $4.71 ($4.95)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $17.74 ($20.15)

The variation is small month to month.

Our most expensive meal of the month was. again. our modified Bento Box with Tataki Tuna for $20.93 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 25% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 28% of the cost of take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $92.50 per person in June. We actually spent $50.02 for lunches at home plus $48.75 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $98.77 per person in total. These are within a few cents of the averages for recent months.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $514.20. We actually spent $127.14 for dinners at home and $51.42 for six dinners out, or $178.56 per person in total.

Without the travel we’re back to our typical meal costs, within normal variation. We saved about $330 per person by preparing almost all our meals at home and we have a lot more control over what we eat.

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