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staceyfe
06-19-2006, 05:49 PM
I'm amazed at how much eating out is done in our society. I was wondering how the folks at the DIS compare. I myself am at about 1-2 times a week. Oh, the money I could save if I would cut that down. One month I really watched the eating out and it seemed like we had so much extra money. I know it can be a real budget-buster.

Be sure to include in your answer all meals purchased away from home.

BostonTink85
06-19-2006, 05:59 PM
When I'm at school, I eat out probably once or twice a week, only because the food isn't too good and gets really repetitive. At home though it's more like once every couple weeks that we actually go and sit down somewhere to eat. I agree though how much could be saved by not eating out, ie. the cost of drinks, tip, tax.

CheshireVal
06-19-2006, 06:00 PM
We eat out on weekends. The last thing I want to do on a Friday night or anytime on Saturday is cook, unless it's a frozen pizza. ;)

shaylahc1
06-19-2006, 06:02 PM
We eat out about 1-2x a week. That includes fast food. There were times when we were juggling small children and getting little sleep that we ate out a lot. In fact, when our 3rd DD was a baby she had reflux and never slept more than 30 minutes at a time---during that year we ate take out every single night! Now that we have 4 kids eating out is no longer fun, and it gets expensive. My DH does most of the cooking so that helps, too :lmao:

aristocat
06-19-2006, 06:02 PM
just about never! :)

vegasnative
06-19-2006, 06:04 PM
I would say we eat out about 1-2 times a week. That is usually one lunch for me and the kids and maybe one dinner for all of us. Some weeks we just do one lunch, no dinners out. It costs too much to eat out in my opinion. I like to take my kids once a week, usually a Friday, for some quick food like Taco Bell or McDonalds, because they enjoy it. If we eat out as a family, we typically bring it home to save on the drinks/tips. For example, we will bring home Chinese food or a pizza, and I consider those days "eat out days". I like to cook though, so I don't mind doing it. One way that I have found that I save money is to plan! I plan what we will be eating every night for dinner, go to the grocery store once a week and buy what we need for every nights dinner, and we are set to go. If I am really on the ball, I can plan dinners for 2 weeks, go buy the grocerys and only have to make quick trips to the store for stuff like milk and bread. I find the less I go to the grocery store, the less I spend on those items that are not on the list! So, I really try to plan for 2 weeks out, but sometimes that is hard.

dzneprincess
06-19-2006, 06:04 PM
well all meals away from home, then I would have to say everyday...I always eat out at lunch. Dinner, well that is a lot too. I chose 5x a week.

runwad
06-19-2006, 06:21 PM
We never eat out with 3 kids definetely too expensive for us, and if we do we have coupons for free kids meals or get takeout, but I picked less then once a month because we hardly ever do it. Plus I find that it takes longer to get ready and get everyone in the car and go eat, we can eat faster at home then get everyone to where they need to go for sports. I do crock pot meals on the days I work and when I'm home I make a lot so we can have leftovers for a few days. Eating out is just like burning money to us, and besides we are good cooks and enjoy our own food :thumbsup2 . Although sometimes the kids complain cause their friends go out all the time and we never do but we always stress how lucky they are theiy have parents that can cook when the other kids just usally get hot dogs and mac & cheese for a home cooked meal, sad I think. :sad2:

annsteere
06-19-2006, 06:51 PM
If I have to count the double cheeseburger I get for $1.07 and eat with water I filtered at home and carried in the car in a refillable nalgene bottle the number is high: two days last week when I was out of town, one day where I grabbed this between work and errands and tomorrow night when I get off work at 6:00 and have a meeting at church starting at 6:30. That is grabbable protein, not entertainment.

If I only count going somewhere were a waiter brings me food and it is relaxing but costs more than eating at home, the number is about once a month.

We tend to think of "going out to eat" as when both of us enjoy it together and "picked up a bite" as when one of us eats on the road between commitments.

Chicago526
06-23-2006, 08:37 PM
One to two times a week. It's been about 1x a week the past two weeks though...

MUFFYCAT
06-23-2006, 08:43 PM
we have pizza every friday, eat out on Saturday night and usually aother night during the week.

i know it's too much but...

kinntj
06-23-2006, 08:53 PM
We eat out alot, but I'm making up a menu for next week, so we'll see how that works out.

I put 4 times a week. What a waste of money.

lovmy2girls
06-23-2006, 08:55 PM
We eat out about 3 times a week. I hate cooking. I really, really hate it. :sad2:

anewvance
06-23-2006, 09:13 PM
Do you mean actually going to a resturant or having take out? Because if you include take out, we eat out TOO MUCH.... probably 4 times a week. I hate to cook! But actually going out to eat, maybe once every 2 weeks or so.

pearlieq
06-23-2006, 10:14 PM
DH eats lunch out every day, I eat lunch out about 1/2 the time, we usually eat/out get take out about twice during the week, and we eat out at least once a day over the weekend.

I would say that averages out to more than daily. I don't really have a problem with it--we enjoy it and with it just being the 2 of us it's not all that expensive. In some cases, I could actually make an argument for it being cheaper than eating in.

Either way, we're happy.

Free4Life11
06-23-2006, 11:19 PM
Probably 3 times a week, rarely sit down restaurants and usually fast food or a sandwich shop for lunch.

DVC Sadie
06-23-2006, 11:43 PM
We eat out a lot since we retired and it is just the two of us so I voted 5 times a week.

Angela&Kayla
06-24-2006, 12:26 AM
I guess I never think about how much we eat out until someone asks or I look at our "dining out" portion in microsoft money.

Right now, we've been eatting out every other day or so, but soon we will become "healthy" eatters once again, and when we do eat "healthy," we only go out maybe once a month or so.

Daisysmom
06-24-2006, 05:25 AM
I take my lunch to work (cheaper, healthier, saves calories), but once in a while I go out with a co-worker (relationship building) :)

Same goes for most evenings; I will take my kids out every couple of weeks, or have dinner with a friend or two a few times a month.

golden1
06-24-2006, 05:47 AM
Eating out is just not in our very limited budget right now. Before having children and becoming a SAHM DH and I ate out 2-3 times per week, usually at chain places like Pizzaria Uno or Chilis. Now we eat at a place like that maybe once a month and maybe we do a McDonalds trip once every few weeks. I sort of miss it but not too much. I'd rather be home with my kids.

abbyndrewmom
06-24-2006, 06:33 AM
I put 1-2 times a week, ususally fast food (just for the kids) or pizza. Dh is a chef so we prefer eating at home and if we go out we are usually disappointed in the quality of the food. We do have a couple of favorite restaurants (vietnameese, indian) and will go out to eat at them either as a family or a couple maybe once a month. I always try to take my lunch to work as my only other option is fast food which I try very hard to avoid. the best thing I have found is the pre washed salad in the large plastic containers, one container lasts me at least 5 days; I add my own toppings and dressing and have my lunch for the week!!

ETA: Dh does bring home samples from work usually once a week so that helps with not eating out as well.

mamalle
06-24-2006, 06:54 AM
I bring my lunch to work so that isnt a issue. dh has to bring $10 a shift though since they cook their dinner at the station so I really just plan that into the weekly budget. as far as eating out I would say 1-2x a week. this week we did go "out" twice since one was my bday and the other we were celebrating my sister's announcement of a healthy baby boy coming. Plus mcdonalds yesterday for the kids to collect another car- so that makes 3 total. Normally its one Mcdonalds and one night out and it usually Pizza or our favorite family spot and they arent too expensive like our dinner last night. I try to eat at home as much as we can save money..

nbodyhome
06-24-2006, 08:17 AM
I maybe eat out 2 - 3 times a month, that includes when I do volunteering and stop off at Disney (or just going to Disney itself).

I was in DC for 5 days until this past Monday, and my family there eats out all the time (I mean ALL the time - my stepmother won't cook). I took my Kashi cereal for mornings, bought fruit and such for eating during the day. But they were taking us all out to eat each day once or twice...and quite frankly, I feel sick. :) My stomach has been awful since I got back. The scale had shown like a 7 pound weight gain (probably salt and water and such), it's getting back to normal now.

Anyway, eating at home is healthier, cheaper and doesn't make me feel yucky. :) Once in a while is fine, my stomach can't handle it too often anymore.

dnbent
06-24-2006, 09:08 AM
You know this post is really something that I've been thinking a lot about lately. I have been trying to loss some weight and I think that this (and of course that evening snacking) are big reasons why my weight has gone up the last year.

I probably eat out 3 - 4 times per week (at least) since I have clients that I take out to restaurants. I was trying to think of an incentive for myself to go to the restaurant and only have a coffee and use the money for something else??? I haven't come up with any great ideas yet but I am still thinking.

dvcgirl
06-24-2006, 09:52 AM
I maybe eat out 2 - 3 times a month, that includes when I do volunteering and stop off at Disney (or just going to Disney itself).

I was in DC for 5 days until this past Monday, and my family there eats out all the time (I mean ALL the time - my stepmother won't cook). I took my Kashi cereal for mornings, bought fruit and such for eating during the day. But they were taking us all out to eat each day once or twice...and quite frankly, I feel sick. :) My stomach has been awful since I got back. The scale had shown like a 7 pound weight gain (probably salt and water and such), it's getting back to normal now.

Anyway, eating at home is healthier, cheaper and doesn't make me feel yucky. :) Once in a while is fine, my stomach can't handle it too often anymore.

We eat out 3 to 4 times a month, and our motivation for preparing our own meals is similar to yours....more for health reasons than for financial reasons. Don't get me wrong, eating out can be expensive, but often we could probably eat out cheaper than what it costs us to feed ourselves at home. Most (not all, but most) of the people I know who eat out often have weight issues.

There's no doubt that we as a nation eat out much more today than we did years ago. 49 cents of every dollar spent on food is spent outside the home in this country. That number has steadily been on the rise. Of course, the number that correlates directly to that number is the percentage of overweight Americans. An astounding 67% of Americans are overweight, with half of that number being obese. 25 years ago, in 1980 the number of overweight Americans was 46%. If that's not motivation enough to prepare healthy meals at home, I don't know what is....

mom2my3kids
06-24-2006, 10:22 AM
I put more then 5 times a week, but only because my husband eats out almost every day at his job. We usually eat out about 1-2 a week and that includes lunch and dinner.. :stir:

pansmermaidzlagoon
06-24-2006, 10:44 AM
I checked two times - but realized I need to add lunch with my SIL and take out - so that is more like 3 to 4 times a week. We don't like fast food/junk food, so we do sit down alot...BUT we use local and internet coupons, and two for ones like Entertainment book and our local version of ent book. as much as possible. :sunny:

I didn't count when DH eats out/takes out at lunch, because his office usually picks up the tab for those.

nbodyhome
06-24-2006, 03:57 PM
We eat out 3 to 4 times a month, and our motivation for preparing our own meals is similar to yours....more for health reasons than for financial reasons. Don't get me wrong, eating out can be expensive, but often we could probably eat out cheaper than what it costs us to feed ourselves at home. Most (not all, but most) of the people I know who eat out often have weight issues.
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You can certainly eat out pretty cheap as I used to, I would just get kids meals at Chik-fi-La and such. That wasn't as bad as some things, but it still is cheaper for me usually to eat at home. Hubby used to eat out all the time - often a stop at McD's for sausage biscuits and hash browns, followed by lunch at Sonnys or Sams Club (or somewhere similar), and often would order pizza for dinner. So often he must have been up to close to $20 a day (once you factor in also that you pay tax on prepared food).

I made crockpot bbq chicken yesterday, and I figure we'll get 8 sandwhiches out of it. I bought good rolls (healthier ones) and each sandwich will be maybe .75. Not more than that, anyway. Hubby had chips for .15 or so, and tea for a negligible price. My veggies cost more, of course. I love steamed carrots and broccoli!

My crockpot beef vegetable soup (with low salt boullion, which does cost more) comes in for less than $1.00 for a large serving with plenty of veggies.

We stopped for some chicken curry last month, and I was shocked at the price. The chicken curry with tax (I ordered takeout) was like $15.00 with just the rice! I resumed my search then for a good curry recipe, which I finally found. Now it's no more than $1.00 per serving (I try to get chicken for $1.99 to $2.29 a pound).

My smoothies at home aren't terribly cheap, between $1.50 and $2.00, but there is plenty of fruit and yogurt, and that is half the price of comparable smoothie eating out (if you were going to get that much fruit). Actually, maybe better than half price.

AND, I'm healthier and need the doctor less than I used to by eating better and exercising.

staceyfe
06-24-2006, 04:01 PM
Do you mean actually going to a resturant or having take out? Because if you include take out, we eat out TOO MUCH.... probably 4 times a week. I hate to cook! But actually going out to eat, maybe once every 2 weeks or so.


I mean any meal eaten that is not prepared at home. Perhaps rather than "times per week" I should have put "days per week". Either way, I'm a little surprised (a little, not much) 1-2 times is the number one answer. I was thinking it would be more often. Thanks for your replies!

lillygator
06-24-2006, 04:14 PM
I didn't vote...we eat out way too much...on average, I eat lunch out daily....and dinner...who knows....I looked at what we've spent lately and I am determined to cut down....last week I made it through the whole week working out on my lunch and bringing in a frozen dinner!! :)

PaulaSue
06-24-2006, 04:42 PM
I voted 2 times a week, that is Pizza, McDs and Chik-Fil-A kind of meals, for a total of about $30 a week for family of 5.

Once a blue moon (every 6 months or so) we go to Red Lobster or similiar for a meal.

staceyfe
06-25-2006, 08:22 AM
Here's an interesting tidbit that was in an article in my local paper today:
(I'm paraphrasing)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans in 2002-2003 spent an average of 41.9% of their food dollars eating out.

Wow!!

dvcgirl
06-25-2006, 08:38 AM
Here's an interesting tidbit that was in an article in my local paper today:
(I'm paraphrasing)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans in 2002-2003 spent an average of 41.9% of their food dollars eating out.

Wow!!

It's higher than that now....49 percent of every dollar is spent eating out. No wonder we have an obesity problem in this country.