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User Topic: How many times do you eat out in a week?
fireproof
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Default  Posted: 5:09 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

How often do you go to a restaurant with an average entree of $30 in a month?

I need to figure out how to save- not being able to put away $ in my retirement besides my 401k makes me very motivated to cut back.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:15 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Ummm....maybe two or three times per year in that range. I enjoy cooking and hate spending $$$ for something I feel I can make just as well for a lot less.

I will say that we do have a weekly eat out, called Fast Food Friday. The last thing I want to do on a Friday evening is cook, so I ask the fam what they want and I swing by whichever fast food place they choose. Most of the time hubby and I opt out (not real big fast food fans), so its usually $10-$15/week for the kids, depending on whether my DD20 is at home or at college.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 5:17 PM, January 30th (Thursday)]


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SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

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wifehad5
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Default  Posted: 5:26 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

How often do you go to a restaurant with an average entree of $30 in a month?

Are you talking about $30 per person?


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:28 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

That's how I interpreted it...one entree at a price of approx $30.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 5:29 PM, January 30th (Thursday)]


Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


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nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 5:46 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

How often do you go to a restaurant with an average entree of $30 in a month?
Zero. I don't go out to eat unless I'm traveling or there's a special occasion, like a birthday celebration.

(For the record, I don't order in, either. I cook.)


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MovingUpward
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Default  Posted: 5:49 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Zero

for that amount

$15 entrees 2 to 3 times a month


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fireproof
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Default  Posted: 6:06 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I will cut back. Thank you!

This is really important to me.


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FaithFool
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Default  Posted: 6:08 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I usually socialize over food and drink on the weekend, sticking with appies or a $15 entree and some wine, total bill with tax and tip is usually around $35.

I've pretty much built it into my budget because a) I enjoy it and b) I don't own a car or have a Starbucks habit (my university tuition pretty much covers my bus pass, and most of that is paid by my union), so I consider it a swap.

However, because I spent a small fortune on my teeth and a new guitar last year (the guitar was a special gift to meeee for my 60th), I'm cutting back this year and trying to show some restraint from the last few years... My new rule about wine in the house only on days with an "F" is working nicely.

But my favourite uber-chi-chi wine bar is way too close to home and I have to give myself lots of self-talk to limit my visits.

Special
Occasions
Only

for that place and the fancy cocktail joint downtown where the wine is too expensive....

[This message edited by FaithFool at 6:17 PM, January 30th (Thursday)]


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 6:16 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I can't remember the last time I ate at a restaurant where the entree cost $30 for one person.

We might go out to a local restaurant once a week and spend $45 for two adults w/ appetizers, sodas, entrees and desserts.

I'm a cheap date.... and I like to cook and plan meals... so we eat home most often.

I have found it helpful to make a big meat dish on Sunday that can be used through the week like pulled pork or chuck roast or something.

I also always have homemade meatballs in the freezer and homemade marina sauce in the fridge for quick meals.


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jemimapd
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Default  Posted: 6:35 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Fireproof, I have had to put together a savings plan this year to replenish the $ I paid out to my ex.

Not eating out is a huge saving, especially if you buy what is on offer at the grocery store, cook in bulk and freeze.

I also called everyone I could think of to say I was changing service: phone, trash, house insurance, car insurance. All excelt the house insurance gave me a better deal.

I do the Dave Ramsay zero budget thing: account for every dollar at the start of the month.

Once you get into it, it is amazing how much you can save. Only today I saw water softener salt selling for $6.99 in the grocery store when I can buy the same size bag at Aldi for $3.99. All those little savings add up.....


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PhoenixRisen
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Default  Posted: 7:00 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Zero
I'm a single mom and not dating
Ill go for lunch maybe once a month (under $10) and dinner maybe once every 6 month (prices in teens/20s)
I'd rather buy clothes or travel!

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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 7:31 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We were always on a close budget. Now that we are retired I budget a generous amount for dining out and entertaining. That being said, we frequently USD Groupon type deals, 2-1 of early bird menus. We also go out for lunch instead of dinner.

We are careful about other expenses, but do like to eat out once a week or so.


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mandan66
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Default  Posted: 7:46 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Same here---Zip.
But---Probably the only positive of older divorcee dating----we're all in pretty much the same boat----dirt broke! Not too many high expectations of fancy dining out.


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positively4thst
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Default  Posted: 8:52 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

How often do you go to a restaurant with an average entree of $30 in a month?

I don't eat out at restaurants with $30 entrees. For starters, they pretty much don't exist in my neck of the woods!! Secondly, on my salary I wouldn't be eating there anyway, unless someone else was paying!!

If you can afford eating out often at restaurants with $30 entrees, I highly encourage you to take that money, take some cooking classes, and invest in high quality ingredients, local beef, poultry, seafood, produce, etc.!! I so enjoy inviting people over and cooking for them, rather than going to a restaurant.

I used to be envious of people who could afford to dine at places like that. Now, you'd be hard pressed to take me out to dinner because I LOVE cooking!! Now you can buy pretty much any ethnic ingredient you want. Most importantly, I know where my food is from, who prepared it, and what they prepared it with. I can control the sodium, sugar, fat, freshness, etc. I can control the music, the intimacy, the wine, all of it at a fraction of the cost. It is very rewarding!

I'll get off my soap box now!! Hope this helps!


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Gottagetthrough
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Default  Posted: 9:02 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I dislike eating out, so I would say 0

However, my husband's family loves to eat out, especially at places that are $30+ per entrée. (They live in a large city, and everything is pretty expensive there) So I might go to a restaurant like that a few times a year... but all are when we are with the Ils.

[This message edited by Gottagetthrough at 9:04 PM, January 30th (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 9:12 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Uh,yeah. $30 entrees? That's like anniversary-type pricing. But like casual type places maybe twice a month.


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risingfromashes
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Default  Posted: 9:13 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Dave Ramsay zero budget thing

What is this? I am looking to cut my expenses.

The ex loved to dine out. The pompous ass liked to brag about what he ate where.

The girls and I do have take-out pizza on Fridays and occasional sandwich for lunch.


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Default  Posted: 9:17 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

If I'm going to eat out, I'd rather get a $3.00 burrito at Taqueria Juanitos than a $30.00 entree. Then again, I'm not dating either. If I go to a place where I sit down and order, it's usually for breakfast and no more than $15.00 for the whole meal. I might do that once a month.

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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 9:23 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Dave Ramsay zero budget thing

What is this? I am looking to cut my expenses.


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Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


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Default  Posted: 9:49 PM, January 30th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We go out, in general, once or twice a week. At that price, probably once a month. I go more often when it is on my expense account.

I highly recommend the Dave Ramsey plan for debt reduction. It will really change the way to think of money and credit.


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