July 2018 Summary and Observations

Other than the monthly LACPUG pizza and a visit with SoCal Creatives, our other evening meals were all at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.57 ($2.57 in Jun)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $11.28 ($11.28)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.13 ($6.13)
  • Dinner eaten out: $11.80  ($11.80)

Our lunches at home are consistent around the $2.17 per serve. Lunches prepared outside the home are a little lower because we averaged in lower cost meals.

Our most expensive meal was at Cafe Firenze at $25.91 per serve. Our evening meal out was less because there is only the subsidized pizza.

Our most expensive at home meal was Grilled Rib Eye Steak, with Cauliflower Gnocchi in Blue Cheese sauce at $13.39 per serve.

Lunches at home cost 21% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home , while dinners at home cost 58 % the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $321.78 per person in April. We actually spent $38.99 for lunches at home plus $124.53 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $163.52 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $310.00. We actually spent $161.19 for dinners at home and $10.00 for dinners out: $171.19 in total.

We saved $297.20 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

June 2018 Summary and Observations

June was the quietest month of the year with almost all evening meals at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.57 ($2.47 in May)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $11.28 ($8.10)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.13 ($5.60)
  • Dinner eaten out: $11.80  ($14.82)

Our lunches at home are consistent around the $2.50 per serve. Lunches prepared outside the home have skewed a little higher, largely because of lunch at Cafe Habana in the last days of the month and a lunch at The Country Deli.

Our most expensive meal was that lunch at Cafe Habana in Malibu at $23.58 per serve. Our evening meal out was less expensive than usual thanks to a discount voucher taking 30% off the meal at Gordon Biersch.

Our most expensive at home meal was Grilled Rib Eye Steak, with Cauliflower Gnocchi in Blue Cheese sauce at $13.39 per serve.

Lunches at home cost 23% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home , while dinners at home cost 69% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $338.40 per person in April. We actually spent $59.13 for lunches at home plus $78.95 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $138.08 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $354.00. We actually spent $159.34 for dinners at home and $23.60 for dinners out: $182.94 in total.

We saved $371.38 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

May 2018 Summary and Observations

While May would normally be a quiet month, this year the Foodies travelled to Australia for the weeks around Mother’s Day. Traveling and staying with Family is a mix of “free” meals, some home prepared, and a little more eating out than at home. There were also two travel days where food was included in the air fare, which is hardly free, but hard to account for!

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.47 ($1.62 in April)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.10 ($8.36)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.60 ($6.63)
  • Dinner eaten out: $14.82  ($18.35)

While lunches prepared at home returned to a more typical level, our evening meals at home are somewhat lower, largely because we were buying ingredients in Australian dollars, but paying for them with US dollars, thus effectively reducing the price of supermarket items, and eating out, by 25%. Several meals out were similarly “reduced.”

Our most expensive meal was in Sydney on the last night of our trip, at an Oxford St cafe at $28.13 per serve (and that’s after the currency conversion)  Our most expensive at home meal was NY Strip Steak, with Cauliflower Gnocchi in Blue Cheese sauce at $13.42 per serve.

Lunches at home cost 30% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home (a higher percentage because Australian lunches outside the home take that average down), while dinners at home cost 38% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $251.10 per person in April. We actually spent $32.06 for lunches at home plus $105.28 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $137.36 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $459.42. We actually spent $112.06 for dinners at home and $88.94 for dinners out: $201.00 in total.

We saved $372.16 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

April 2018 Summary and Observations

April is NAB month, so we spent a few days in Las Vegas, upping our “out of home” meal expense.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $1.62 ($2.20 in March)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.36 ($5.95)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.63 ($5.81)
  • Dinner eaten out: $18.35  ($15.20)

This month lunch prepared at home was the only category that dropped, with the others increased slightly, probably due to the travel and more eating away from home.

Our most expensive meal was the night at Yard House Las Vegas at around $22.23 per serve. Our most expensive at home meal was the Pork Chop with Apple Endive Salad at $12.68.

Lunches at home cost 22% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 37% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $250.80 per person in March. We actually spent $32.39 for lunches at home plus $84.28 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $116.67 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $550.50. We actually spent $150.01 for dinners at home and $91.75 for dinners out: $241.76 in total.

We saved $442.87 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 19 different recipes for evening meals.

Mar 2018 Summary and Observations

March was largely free of major events, and we spent the month at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.40 ($2.20 in Feb)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $6.77 ($5.95)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.81 ($5.11)
  • Dinner eaten out: $15.20  ($11.04)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months, with some averages slightly higher, some lower. There has been a slow trend for our evening meals to be a little less expensive on average.

Our most expensive meal was the night at Gordon Biersch at around $17.92 per serve. Our most expensive at home meal was the Rib Eye with Roast Kabocha Squash and Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms at $12.84.

Lunches at home cost 21% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 45% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $308.07 per person in January. We actually spent $39.99 for lunches at home plus $119.67 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $159.66 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $381.30. We actually spent $160.29 for dinners at home and $24.59 for dinners out: $184.88 in total.

We saved $344.83 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 28 different recipes for evening meals.

Feb 2018 Summary and Observations

February was largely free of major events, and we spent the month at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.20 ($2.40 in January)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $5.95 ($6.77)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.11 ($5.81)
  • Dinner eaten out: $11.04 ($15.20)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months, with some averages slightly higher, some lower. There has been a slow trend for our evening meals to be a little less expensive on average. In February this was largely because of the extremely cheap ham we used.

Our most expensive meal was the night at Gordon Biersch at around $17.07 per serve. Our most expensive at home meal was the NY Strip Steak with “refrigerator” salad at $13.12.

Lunches at home cost just 37% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost half the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $166.60 per person in January. We actually spent $39.49 for lunches at home plus $47.60 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $87.09 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $309.12. We actually spent $127.66 for dinners at home and $22.07 for dinners out: $149.73 in total.

We saved $280.92 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 16 different recipes for evening meals.

December 2017 Summary and Observations

December was largely free of major events, and we spent the month at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.33 ($2.23 in November)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.75 ($7.83)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $7.29 ($7.01)
  • Dinner eaten out: $14.00 ($12.28)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months, with some averages slightly higher, some lower. There has been a slow trend for our evening meals to be a little more  expensive on average, partly because we use mostly Prather Ranch dry aged meat, which is definitely more expensive than supermarket, although comparable to dry aged meat at Whole Foods.

Our most expensive meal was the Aussie style Cobb Salad at home for $14.72. Our most expensive meal out was $14.00 at Krua Thai.

Lunches out tend were over 4x times more expensive than those prepared at home, while evening meals run about 1.5 x meals at home.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $305.25 per person in August. We actually spent $46.88 for lunches at home plus $62.64 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $109.52

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $586.8. We actually spent $189.16 for dinners at home and $24.56 for dinners out: $213.72.

We saved $568.81 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 22 (again) different recipes for evening meals.

November 2017 Summary and Observations

November was largely free of major events, and we spent the month at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.23 ($2.03 in October)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $7.83 ($9.08)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $7.01 ($6.58)
  • Dinner eaten out: $12.28 ($19.74)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months, with some averages slightly higher, some lower. There has been a slow trend for our evening meals to be a little more  expensive on average, partly because we use mostly Prather Ranch dry aged meat, which is definitely more expensive than supermarket, although comparable to dry aged meat at Whole Foods.

Our most expensive meal was dinner out at Gordon Biersch at $19.96 for a disappointing meal. We’re reconsidering whether eating at Gordon Biersch is worth it.

Lunches out tend were about 3x times more expensive than those prepared at home, while evening meals run about 1.5 x meals at home, or nearly 3x if we exclude the $5 pizza at LACPUG.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $234.90 per person in November. We actually spent $46.88 for lunches at home plus $62.64 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $138.94.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $586.8. We actually spent $189.16 for dinners at home and $24.56 for dinners out: $213.72.

We saved $498.46 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 22 (again) different recipes for evening meals.

October Summary and Observations

Most of October was spent at home, with the exception of a longish weekend away for the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.03 ($2.47 in September)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.08 ($9.39)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.58 ($7.28)
  • Dinner eaten out: $19.74 ($16.72)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months, although dinner meals have become a little more expensive on average.

Our most expensive meal was last Saturday night’s dinner at $34.06 each, but worth it.

Lunches out tend to be 4-5 times more expensive than those prepared at home, while evening meals run about 2.5 x meals at home, because this month we had two of the most expensive meals we’ve prepared at home: the filet mignon on the 30th and

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $281.48 per person in August. We actually spent $32.24 for lunches at home plus $136.17 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $168.59.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $611.94. We actually spent $164.51 for dinners at home and $98.68 for dinners out: $263.19.

We saved $461.64 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 22 different recipes for evening meals.

September 2017 Summary and Observations

September is historically a travel month. IBC in Amsterdam is an essential stop in our business year, and we often head off on side trips to visit clients and do a little sight seeing. Therefore the absolute amounts we spent on food are a lot higher than when we spend most of the month at home.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.47 ($2.72 in August)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.39 ($11.80)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $7.28 ($4.98)
  • Dinner eaten out: $15.05 if averaged with the $5 pizza, otherwise $16.72 ($19.48)

The averages are fairly consistent with previous months. With a variety of lunch and evening meals out, they balance out in the averages.

Our most expensive meals were paid for by someone else (thank you LumaForge and Ronny Courtens), but of those we paid for ourselves Eatcafe Koevoel was one of the two best. The other is Riva (hosted by LumaForge). These were two very different, but excellent meals.

Our favorite restaurant in Amsterdam is Dos, our local near where we stay in Jordaan.

Lunches out tend to be 4-5 times more expensive than those prepared at home, while evening meals run about 2.5 x meals at home, because this month we had two of the most expensive meals we’ve prepared at home: the filet mignon on the 30th.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $281.70 per person in August. We actually spent $22.23 for lunches at home (because of the travel) plus $169.09 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $191.32.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $451.50. We actually spent $123.68 for dinners at home and $105.33 for dinners out: $229.01.

We saved $377.92 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 12 different recipes for evening meals, because we ate out more in Amsterdam.