January 2022: Summary and Observations

The Foodies didn’t venture out this month, but did have one group of vaccinated friends for a long-postponed get-together. 

The averages for this month were at the lower end of our averages.

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.23 ($2.39 in Dec 21)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.38 ($9.76)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $4.78 ($5.09)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $15.61 ($15.60)

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 21% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 31% of the cost of take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $321.78 per person in January. We actually spent $60.17 for lunches at home plus $41.52 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $101.69 per person in total.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our average this month, it would be $483.91. We actually spent $138.58 for dinners at home and $31.22 for our two dinner from a restaurant, or $169.80 per person in total.

We saved about $530 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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