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User Topic: How many times do you eat out in a week?
Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 3:56 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

$30 entree not counting drink and tip and all that? Only when a date is paying!

You can add me to the list of people who go out once or twice a week at most, and spend around $20pp all included. When I was living in DC, happy hour was the only way I could afford to go out regularly. $5 drink + $5 app + $5 tip, time to go home.


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Default  Posted: 6:55 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Pretty much never. My tastes are not that expensive.

Hardly eat out at all now given my recent health kick. But when I am not watching what I eat, I eat out maybe twice a week - once lunch during the work week ($10-$15) and maybe one fast food meal (<$10).


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Default  Posted: 7:38 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Like Whalers mentioned, if you're eating out for lunch, that's a really easy way to save money. I have had coworkers who would eat out every day, spend $10-15 on lunch daily. I pack my lunch and spend $2-3 a day on lunch (at the grocery store). And my meals are generally healthier, lower cal, higher in veggies, etc.


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Default  Posted: 8:13 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Holy shit! $30 for the entree alone?? I don't think I've ever had anything that expensive. Well, maybe Joe Forte's in Vancouver--I spent $109 on that dinner (all by myself...I was traveling for business and had a hefty per diem )

I go out maybe once a week, and my tab come to approx. $18-23 for my meal and two beers.


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Default  Posted: 8:17 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Every other week or so.


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Default  Posted: 9:04 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

That level of entree would have encompassed XH's and my anniversary/birthday celebration dinners, so .... 2 a year (his bday was on our anniversary, ha!). Nowadays I'll eat at a $10-15/entree place about once every 3 months but it's for mystery shopping, so I'm reimbursed plus paid a little extra. Otherwise, I don't eat out anymore unless I'm having a very rare lunch get-together with a friend, and she tends to pick places where one of us has some good coupons - LOL! Very rare.


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Default  Posted: 11:03 AM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We only eat out while traveling and the last time we spent that much was a long time ago at a dinner theater. We usually spend in the $5-15 per person range while traveling.


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Default  Posted: 1:18 PM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

When I was on my own, maybe 2x a week in the $5 - $12 range. Now that I live with SO, we go out maybe 3x a week in the $8 - $12 range and every so often spend about $25 each on a nice evening out. I always drink water (sometimes diet Coke) and hardly ever order cocktails because they are SO EXPENSIVE. If I want one, I will have it at home either before we go or after we get home. I'm thrifty!

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Default  Posted: 1:52 PM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

There are only a very few places in my state with entrees in the $30 range and they are all several hours drive from us. But we do eat out once or twice a week. One of those is usually pizza night on Wednesdays because we have kid activities and time is tight.


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Default  Posted: 4:07 PM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SO and I will eat at a place with prices in that range about 3 times a year or so.

I hardly ever eat out unless someone else is paying, and even then rarely does the entree cost more than $12 or so.

DD and I might have fast food or a pizza every couple weeks. Just no money for that. If you are eating $30 entrees at least 2x a week you can easily save money by changing that to once a month or so and eating at home or at less expensive restaurants instead.


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Default  Posted: 4:30 PM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I like to do a monthly food budget rather than having separate line items for groceries and eating out. That way I can go super lean on the groceries and still enjoy eating out, or vice-versa. It keeps me from feeling deprived

On average I dine out about 6 times a month, very rarely spending more than $15 on an entree. When I go to $30+ entree places, well, it happens that I love bread with olive oil, water, and fish (which is usually the cheapest item) so I can still keep the tab pretty low.


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Default  Posted: 5:36 PM, January 31st (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

$30/pp? My head would explode with a family of 4. Hell, even H & I don't spend that much when it's just the two of us, unless it's a super special occasion.

As a couple, we go out about once a week, maybe. I try to keep it cost effective, so I Yelp my ass off until I find a place that's reasonably priced with good reviews. As a family, since it's more expensive, maybe twice a month. Even then, it's some place like Norm's where you get a lot of good food for an affordable price. I love to cook and would rather spend that money on groceries so I can make multiple meals.

I bring my lunch to work most days, but if I don't, I still spend less than $10 on lunch - unless it's payday - in which case I'll drop $15 - with tax & tip.

Eating out is a HUGE expense. When I finally decided to cut back, I noticed the savings almost immediately.

[This message edited by MissesJai at 5:41 PM, January 31st (Friday)]


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