October 2021 Observations and Summary

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 were up slightly:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.14 ($2.20 in Sep)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.48 ($8.75)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.02($4.71)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $19.93 ($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.

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