Going Out To Eat Budget!

posted 2 years ago in Finances
Post # 31
6294 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

josie7 :  before we got our own place we ate out a lot more as we needed the space. Now that we have our own place we only eat out occasionally, though we do get takeaways. We do also go for drinks fairly often. I would say average spend is maybe £100 or less as a couple. If you count going out with friends though it’s probably triple that; we have fairly active social lives.

Post # 32
942 posts
Busy bee

We spend $250-500 a month eating out.  This includes money spent when we eating out together, or with coworkers, or just grabbing fast food ourselves.  We have so much fun going out though!

Post # 33
4092 posts
Honey bee

josie7 :  given that it is jus a regular month without birthdays, anniversary or Valentine’s, probably around $125 per moth. We do takeout or eat out at not so expensive places once per week.

Post # 34
4253 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

josie7 :  If you want to get hold of your budget and your spending try the You Need a Budget (YNAB) website/app.  It’s amaaaaazing.  I thought we were doing pretty good and then i saw our expenses and we were overspending on pretty much everything.  Like our expense to income was ALWAYS negative every month.  It sucked, but now is soooo much better.

$100 for us per month.  We don’t go out often; we would both rather stay in and cook.  Most Friday nights I make a DIY homemade pizza instead of ordering take out.  $8 for the pizza versus $28.  Tuesdays for me I do go out to eat because I have a standing commitment after work on Tuesday nights and don’t get home until 9 pm.  We go on date nights on occasion, but it’s usually once every month or two, and we rarely spend more than $40 if that.  Honestly if we go out it’s usually with my husband’s parents and they tend to pick up a significant portion of the tab…for example we might pay for a round of drinks but they will get everything else.  Even that is few and far between, maybe once every 3 months or so.  Food at restaurants is drastically overpriced and though it is fun to go out and have someone else cook, we also have long term financial goals, and a short term dinner out won’t get us any closer to those goals.

Post # 35
1631 posts
Bumble bee

Hmm at its height I ate 100% of my meals (including breakfast and lunch) outside the home and ordered delivery every night. I was working 9 to 7 and FH was working like 7am to 11pm and we like to eat by 7 so the whole ordeal of grocery shopping and cooking seemed meh. 

Post # 36
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We don’t eat out much, just for special occasions ir very occasional treat. When we do go out it generally costs perhaps $60-$70 for the two of us. So I’ll say our budget is $60 a month!

Post # 38
1062 posts
Bumble bee

Darling Husband and I don’t eat out much, maybe 2 times tops. Usually when we do, I have a groupon or a coupon for a free app. 

If we spend $60/mo, I’d be surprised. 

Post # 39
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

We spend around $600 eating out a month. We eat out maybe 2 dinners and 2 weekend lunches a month. The rest we usually cook. 


I used to to try to cook a lot more, but I got so tired of washing dishes and waiting over a stove after a long work day. 


Almost all of my coworkers eat out for dinner every single night, so I’m comparison, I’m budgeting. 

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