October was another quiet month that we spent entirely at home.
Our evening meals continue to be about the same as last year, with a wider variety of protein!
The averages for this month:
- Lunch prepared at home $2.20 ($2.20 in Sep)
- Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.75 ($8.75)
- Dinner eaten at home: $4.71 ($4.71)
- Dinner prepared in a restaurant $17.74 ($17.74)
The variation is small month to month.
Our most expensive meal of the month was, again, our modified Bento Box with Tataki Tuna for $20.98 per serve.
This month, lunches at home cost 20% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 25% of the cost of take-out meals.
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $324.88 per person in September. We actually spent $46.05 for lunches at home plus $39.47 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $85.52 per person in total. These are a little higher than the averages for recent months.
If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $617.83. We actually spent $111.25 for dinners at home and $39.86 for two dinners out, or $151.11 per person in total, which is a little down.
Without the travel we’re back to our typical meal costs, within normal variation. We saved about $850 per person by preparing almost all our meals at home and we have a lot more control over what we eat.