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missaprylj
03-23-2005, 06:04 PM
I was thinking about how much money I spend on food, and I'm just curious how much money people spend eating out each week.

I'm starting to think that a great way to save money would be to eat out less!! :dizzy:


howie6267
03-23-2005, 07:35 PM
I put 26 to 40 but some weeks would be none. It just depends. If we go out to dinner then it's going to be around 30 for both of us but if we just order pizza only 10. We have been doing a lot better on eating out. However the savings have been spent at the grocery buying fruits and vegetables.

Inca's Momma
03-23-2005, 08:11 PM
I had to say over 40 because I eat out for lunch everyday at work, and since I've been preggers I do dinners out also.


SwimGirl
03-23-2005, 10:10 PM
10 bucks for pizza? Sign me up! Pizza in my household costs a min of 30 bucks! Thats at Pizza Hut of course. My boyfriend is addicted to eating out, and I'm constantly picking up smoothies, coffee and yogurt. I need a whole other job to afford it!

-Aimee

howie6267
03-23-2005, 11:27 PM
Yep my Favorite place has a 10 buck pick up speacial. But lately it's only been costing us 8.25 because we only order a medium.

Is the price that much higher or are you ordering other things? Pizza hut here I can get a large for 10 to 15 depending on what it is.

SwimGirl
03-24-2005, 12:24 AM
We usually get
a) 2 medium cheese lovers pizza with feta and bacon OR
b) 1 medium cheese lovers pizza with feta and bacon and a large order of breadsticks with cheese.

We usually get a pepsi with it too... oh man.. no wonder I got so fat!! It's so good going down though....

-Aimee

howie6267
03-24-2005, 01:22 AM
Yep it sure does taste good. That is my main speacial treat.

jillybean720
03-24-2005, 07:58 AM
I put $26-40 cuz when Jeff and I eat out, it's usually around 30 bucks for the two of us, and we eat out every Friday night. Sometimes we end up going out more than once a weekend, but that's only on special occasions (we went out twice anniversary weekend, and we eat out more when visiting my sister). Of course, I should put that I don't spend any money since Jeff pretty much always pays for dinner :o How did I survive without a boyfriend for so long? ;)

treefrogtoes
03-24-2005, 10:45 AM
I polled at 5-10 because I will not eat at fast food places after looking up the "nutritional" values (a term used very loosly!). But I do have a Cafe Mocha with skim milk and no whipped cream habit!

howie6267
03-24-2005, 12:45 PM
That's good that your watching so close Sara. I don't do the cheeseburgers anymore but I do eat wendy's grilled chicken and there chili. I also love subway. All those fresh vegetables and fresh baked bread. Yum.

jillybean720
03-24-2005, 01:03 PM
mmm...Subway...where's the little drooling smilie icon when ya need it? :p I suppose this one will do :T

I LOVE their sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwhich on honey oat bread (no cheese). SOOO good! I have to stay away, though...no spending money on food when you have food at home, Jill! :rollpin:

Jen
03-24-2005, 01:24 PM
Generally we have McD's once a week so for the 3 of us it is usually around $15. It has been a long, long time since my husband and I have been out to a real restaurant (we are going out Saturday for his b-day!) and then it is generally $50-$60 depending on if he has any alcoholic beverages and if we get dessert.

treefrogtoes
03-24-2005, 01:33 PM
Howie, did you see the story about the woman in San Jose, CA that found a human finger in her Wendy's Chili?!?!?!?!

One more reason for me to stay away!!!

Sandi
03-24-2005, 01:56 PM
Because eating out can be sooo easy, we give ourselves $50.00 every 2 weeks to eat out. That way we try and eat cheaper and are forced to eat in more often.

But that's as a family. On an individual basis, it can vary from none when I am doing well and more than $40.00 when I am not.

howie6267
03-24-2005, 03:08 PM
No I had not heard that. Guess it adds protien. If we seen our food before it got to the grocery we would probably not want to eat that either. So I guess the only way around that is to grow all your own food. And that's not going to happen.

My wife was looking up the finger in the chili. They had pictures and all. She then said what if it was a murder victim. I guess the seceret is in the sauce.

Gardenwife
03-24-2005, 03:11 PM
Aaaaargh: Appetite suppressant (http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/032305_nw_chili_finger.html) .

dragonwoman64
03-24-2005, 03:17 PM
we go out once a week, sometimes twice. Usually something we normally wouldn't cook at home, like Indian food, Thai. I think for us cutting back on eating out really made a difference budget wise.

Gardenwife
03-24-2005, 03:28 PM
When we do go out to a sit-down place like Tumbleweed, Smokey Bones BBQ or Applebee's, we've found that many of their entrees are HUGE. Most of these places serve two butterflied chicken breasts if you order chicken, so we've decided to order one entree and an extra side dish and split the meal. One place in town serves such a huge amount of meat and veggies for fajitas, we were able to split it (got a few extra tortillas) and take more home to enjoy later.

Great for the pocketbook and for the diet!

missaprylj
03-24-2005, 05:43 PM
I think that part of it is that in our town (less than 8000 people) there isn't anything for us to really DO (especially after dark) but go out to eat. *sigh*

Finger chili: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! :yikes: :yikes:

djs06
03-24-2005, 08:58 PM
I ususally eat out maybe once and make a couple of dunkin donuts runs. don't know if that counts though :) i've cut back, i swear! :lol:

dragonwoman, thai and indian are two of my favorites! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmm. drool.

Ewwwww, that finger in the chili thing is narrrrrrrrrrrrsty! ick! kimberly i remember howie saying that he's a big fan of wendy's chili... eeek! bummer.

frenchiepolarbear
03-24-2005, 09:44 PM
Unless there is a special social event scheduled, the only times i eat out is at Subway's; maybe once or twice a week. I rarely eat cafeteria food at work. I'd say that i spend around 20$ a week eating out....

@Gardenwife: I travel quite often to the US and i find that restaurants serve gigantic portions. I remember one time in particular. I was coming back from a Day Hike in the White mountains. You can imagine that after 8 hours of mountain hike i was very hungry. The sandwich i had at noon was clearly not enough. Just before crossing the border to Canada i stopped at a local Pizza Joint in Derby Line (VT) I ordered a small one and iwas barely able to eat half of it. It was like a "large" one in Canada....

barbygirl43
03-25-2005, 11:17 AM
I used to eat out at least 5x a week for lunches and many times dinner. I now "treat" myself to usually 1 time a week with the coworkers so it's between 5-10.

apryl--if you just cut out one to two of those and buy health stuff to prepare for your lunches/dinners. You really will save a lot of money. The extra money you could put into an account and save up for shopping ;)