December Summary and Observations

While most of the month was spent at home, the Foodies did venture out to two dinner parties with small groups of vaccinated friends. 

The averages for this month were right n the middle of our averages.

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.39 ($2.09 in Nov)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.76 ($9.64)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.09 ($4.52)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $15.60 ($18.66)

The variation is small month to month.

Our most expensive meal of the month was The Country Deli as we missed our modified Bento Box with Tataki Tuna. The Deli was for $18.86 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 24% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 33% of the cost of take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $302.56 per person in December. We actually spent $62.11 for lunches at home plus $39.04 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $101.15 per person in total. These are a little lower than the averages for recent months.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our average this month, it would be $483.60. We actually spent $137.44 for dinners at home and $31.20 for our two dinner from a restaurant, or $168.64 per person in total, which is typical.

We saved about $500 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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