How much do you spend going out to eat/take out/coffee a month?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1884 posts
Buzzing bee

Probably like $700-800? There’s 2 of us. Could easily be more but we don’t really track. 

Estimated at $120 per meal – 4 times a month 

$20 on breakfast – 4 times a month 

I spend like $100 on coffee a month and lunch. 

We will also order about $200 additional of food sometimes but not all the time. 

We’re in a HCOL so things are expensive. 

Post # 3
1895 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I’d say about $200 a month. We never get breakfast or take out but we tend to go out for dinner once a month 

Post # 4
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We spend probably about a 200 a month. My family it’s my self, my husband and our 3 kids which are 11, 9, and 5. With 3 kids we only eat out like 1 or 2 times a month and it’s usually like McDonald’s or burger king or something like that. We have much more important things to be spending our money on instead of eating out all the time

Post # 5
3268 posts
Sugar bee

For two of us, probably $200. During my pregnancy I’ve had weeks where cooking or smelling food cooking has been gut wrenching, so we ate out more then but it was offset by less on the grocery bill.. so evened out really. 

We’re trying to do better this year but we have 11 birthdays in the first 5 weeks of the year, so it’s rough. And our first baby is due in 4 weeks, and the last thing I’ll be thinking about is cooking so realistically we’ll be eating out some until we get into a routine. 

Post # 6
330 posts
Helper bee

Maybe like 200 for the 2 of us? 

I probably spend 30ish dollars on coffee just for myself. 

Then we eat out maybe once a week or so for about 40 dollars give or take. 

Trying to cut back though and have so far been suecessful! It’s not worth the money nor the calories, really. 

Post # 7
5788 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

There are two of us and we probably spend about £800 between us. The vast majority of our ‘fun money’ is spent on food and drinks in social settings. 

Post # 8
1717 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We have two teens at home and my partner has two little ones part time and we simply don’t eat out. It’s crazy expensive and we really just like home cooked meals 😂 (A lot of picky eaters) 

I buy coffee to go maybe if we are traveling somewhere and my partner and I will maybe have a coffee if we meet with friends but it’s rare. 

I’ve never really been an ‘eat out’ person, so I don’t really feel I’m missing anything. And the expense, wow! That’s a lot of money for folks with kids! But my friend who lived in a city was eating out constantly and I think it’s maybe a cultural thing for some, so I get that. For me it’s just an unnecessary expense. 

Post # 9
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Like $200-250 tops? I’m overestimating bc we don’t have a regular “schedule” or whatever. 

We order in sometimes, but it’s just the two of us so it’s only like $20 worth of food at a time. Our favorite place to sit isn’t that expensive, maybe $50-60 a meal. $25-30 if it’s lunch. We don’t go often though. And the rest is probably drive-through lunches/tea. Or covering friends. 

We’re in college and all the places around us are pretty cheap.  We also like to cook and aren’t really coffee consumers. 

Post # 10
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

There are two of us in our house. I cook almost all dinners at home with store bought groceries but on coffees and lunches while at work it’s an easy $700-$800. With the odd dinner or lunch out on weekends easily around $1000. 

Actually when we were saving for our wedding we completely cut out coffees, lunches and eating out and managed to save $1000 a month. Paid for wedding, rings and honeymoon in cash! 

It’s almost disgusting how much money we spend on food huh!! Writing this out made me feel kinda sick lol

Post # 11
9524 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Lately it’s been on the high end, maybe $400 a month? We’ve been having date nights every Friday (and Saturday too when we can swing it) because we know it’ll be harder to do once baby comes. And I’ve been spending exactly $5.25 each weekend on a venti white chocolate mocha because I’m basic and crave it and yes I know it’s really unhealthy and bad for me but I don’t care. 😝

Fortunately we don’t spend much outside of that on food since we both get free meals/snacks/drinks at work.

Post # 12
371 posts
Helper bee

Maybe $250 – $300 max…there are 4 of us but we only have the 2 children 50/50. Depends on what we have planned, we usually get takeout 2x month and then we splash out on that. 

Post # 13
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We may spend $50-60 going out for the 2 of us! We both love to cook, and hate chain restaurants. So if we do go out, we are usually grabbing beer and a burger at a nicer  brewery like once a month (on a cheat day! lol) . I’m a coffee snob and obsessed with making French press every morning. Our costco bill is a different story!! We are usually at $400-500 month for costco. 

Post # 14
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Like $200-$300, depending on what’s going on that month. We almost never order takeout, preferring to cook at home. We never get coffee out either, so this money is just for dining out. FI’s company caters lunch for the employees every day, so this has saved us a lot of money overall. 

Post # 15
1312 posts
Bumble bee

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sandra12345 :  About $250 maybe.  Out to dinner once or twice and a couple takeouts in the course of the month.  We do not get coffee out.  DH does get some fast food on weekends sometimes but always off the dollar menu.  

We travel a decent amount though and there is a lot of eating out during those times so that would raise the average if including it.  

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