Going Out To Eat Budget!

posted 2 years ago in Finances
Post # 16
13 posts
  • Wedding: January 2019


Post # 17
6858 posts
Busy Beekeeper

When we go to a pub/sports bar like in your situation, we try to hit up happy hours lol. A place by my house does $6 burger and fries, another place has cheap personal pizza, etc. We also try not to have more than 2 drinks each, because that’s what really adds up! 

That said, we dont usually go to fancy places. Every xmas my company gifts us $100-$200 to expense back for a holiday dinner, and we always seem to have a selection of higher-ish end gift cards (earls, the keg, etc) so we will use those for birthdays/etc.

Honestly, most of our guilty pleasures are the cheap and dirty stuff haha. We are pretty good cooks, so we can re-create an earls quality dish no problem. But like, deep fried fish and chips? Gimmeee!

Post # 18
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We don’t have an eating out budget, but I would say that we easily spend a few hundred dollars a month on this.

I cook 3 nights a week, then we have a weekly dinner with each of our families another 3 nights a week (my parents are divorced so we have one with each parent). On Saturday nights, we’re either out for dinner with friends/just ourselves or we grab takeaway to eat at home. We’re usually so busy on Saturdays that trying to organise time/energy to cook is a challenge.

We take a packed lunch to work Monday to Thursday and Friday we buy something. We used to basically eat out or buy takeaway for lunch on weekends, but have recently started trying to eat at home (we’re renovating and have a baby due in July so trying to save a bit better lol). If we’re out and about though we’ll stop in a cafe or something and we do still catch up with friends. 

Post # 19
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

On all restuant costs (bars, buying lunch at work, coffee shops, dinners out, etc) we spend about $700 per month.  I always feel like that number is way too high since we pack lunch nearly 5 days per week, but we’re in a really HCOL (with so many great restaurnts!) so a dinner or drinks out here and there adds up fast.  

Post # 20
240 posts
Helper bee

Holy smokes! I spent $60 this month and I was pissed at myself. I don’t feel as bad anymore 😂

Post # 21
104 posts
Blushing bee

My husband and I and our toddler spend $75-$100 a week on groceries and going out to eat.  It’s hard to budget but buying a house has forced us to majorly budget better.  

Post # 22
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We give ourselves $150 for date night a month and spend about $100 of that on food. And we allow ourselves $200 a month for eating out but we almost never use all of it. We’re on a pretty strict budget right now. 

Post # 23
8152 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I just looked up our average for last year and it was $586. Definitely not a number I’m proud of, but I would have thought it was higher lol

Post # 26
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

josie7 :  we have a date night once a week and on average spend about $200/month on going out. We pack our lunches and never substitute cooked dinners with take-outs. Darling Husband and I use our designated “allowance” and take turns treating each other. We never do fast food. We always go to decent restaurants for these dates because we are healthy eaters.

Post # 27
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I really enjoy cooking and baking, we never do take out maybe once a month we will go to a fast food restaurant before we go to a movie. If we don’t do that then once a month we go to a nice restaurant. I would say we spend $100 monthly 

Post # 28
1291 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Work lunches – $100/month (I buy lunch, Darling Husband usually brings his lunch)

Take-out- $50-ish/month (max 2x  a month we’ll get indian food from a place around the corner)

Eating out – $150/month (ish)…some months if we have events to celebrate we’ll go out 2-3 times other months we won’t eat out at all so on average we probably eat out 1.5 times a month


So on average about 300/month on eating out? Darling Husband strongly prefers to cook and eat at home so we only eat out to celebrate or if we’re going out with friends. I like to eat out and do eat out quite a lot (probably 2-3x a week) but it’s for work events so it doesn’t affect our budget 😀

Post # 29
5732 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

We easily spend about £500 each on eating out and going out for drinks, so £1,000+ as a household.  I can understand how people could view that as a lot but it’s not an area we have any desire to cut down.  We cut it to about £300 each a month when we were saving to buy our first home but if i’m honest, that was a struggle and pretty unpleasant.  We live in London which is HCOL and we use eating out as our main socializing activity. 

In a typical week we will meet up with mutual friends after work to go for drinks and dinner and then we will either go out together another night in the week or go out for dinner with our individual friends.  We generally spend from Friday evening through to Sunday evening eating out of the house, going for breakfasts, coffees, drinks, dinners, Sunday roast etc. 

We have no kids so we have none of those financial responsibilities. 

Post # 30
1755 posts
Buzzing bee

Budget is $400 a month. 

$200 is normally for a nice splurge date night once a month.

$200 is normally for things like grabbing brunch with friends, ordering pizzas when mini-human has a sleepover, him grabbing wings with his buddies. 

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