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

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We probably spend $150-200 a month for the two of us. It used to be more (grab a sandwich at lunch, take out or dinner out with drinks at least once a week) but we’re both trying to eat healthier and cook at home and have leftovers for lunch. We probably spend a shitload on groceries though…they’re super expensive here because we’re fairly remote with no growing season (Wyoming)

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

HCOL area as well but I cook just about every day. We spend around $250 going out to eat and $400 on groceries it varies month to month some higher sometimes lower. Really depends on sales and how busy we are. Coffee I’m a barista so I drink a crap ton at work and have a bunch of fancy coffee devices at home. I spend less than $25 a month unless we’re traveling.

When we go out we try to find places under 25, we love poke. We never drink regular beverages but husband may have a beer. He and his brother like to go watch football and drink and eat and I was pissed when he spent 70 dollars on brooze and nachos while I was at work two weekends ago. He’s the one that makes the real money but jebus I try to keep us on budget food wise.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

One of my goals this year is to really track what I spend, and see where my money goes. Hopefully I’ll keep it up, and will be able to see how much I spend on different things at the end of the year.

I’m using an app called Spending Tracker on my samsung phone. It allows you to come up with as many spending catagories as you want. You can track monthly, yearly, etc. I’m hoping to use this tool not only to see where my money is going, but to see where I can reduce my spending for the next month.

So far for January I’ve spent $143.51 on eating out. So if my current rate continues, it’ll be around $288.  My hubby is also out of town for work, and while I usually love to cook, I don’t typically go through the hassle when it’s just me. It will be interesting to see what it will be next month, when he’ll be home more. I think going out to eat with friends have also skewed my spending so far.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

sandra12345 :  Family of 2. A typical month is about $100. We don’t get any to-go breakfasts or coffees. And we don’t really eat out much (my husband is picky). Most date nights are snuggled up inside, and if we do go out – its usually for drinks, not food. That keeps the bill low.

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

There are 2 of us and we eat out every Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sundays. We rarely get lunch or coffee. We spend about $300 a month. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee

$300-$350. It’s 4-5 of us depending on if FI’s daughter is with us that week or not. We cook most meals at home and I take lunch from home most days. 

Post # 22
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Honey bee

sandra12345 :  Given that there are no birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine’s that month, I would say we eat out/take out once per week. When we eat out, it’s nothing fancy as we tend to save those or special occasions. It probably costs around $35 on average. So about $140 for the 2 of us? Then I gotta have my Starbucks on Sunday afternoons. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

It’s just 2 of us and we probably spend $300-400 a month eating out. My husband generally buys lunch everyday, so that’s a lot of the cost. I’m in my first trimester and cooking has not been on my agenda lately, so we’ve been getting take out more often.  But we haven’t been going out for drinks, so I think that offsets some of the cost. Neither of us buy coffee, but we’ll go out to breakfast maybe once a month. Honestly, it’s been a stupid cold winter so neither one of us has been very interested in going out lately. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

TheGridMonster :  “because I’m basic and crave it.” 😂

This is how I feel about my grande cafe vanilla fraps or caramel macchiatos but Darling Husband does NOT support that habit. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We spend about $200 total for the two of us, give or take. I stopped my Starbucks addiction because of the sugar and the fact that Darling Husband is not a fan of how expensive they are. I used to spend $25 a week on it now $0. We usually eat out 1 to 2 times a week and the rest of the week we cook and take dinner leftovers for work the next day. Each outing is usually $20-$30 for both of us because we don’t dine at fancy places. Sometimes it’s just a $10 pizza for take out so that’s why it varies. I also have free food at my job but I usually don’t eat it, however the option is there so it can save money. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

steny03 :  I’m glad you posted this because I’m about to download this app! With us buying  a home soon I need to track our spending more and see if we can cut back more than just my Starbucks. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee

My mind is boggling from these responses.

I bring my own flask to work, i cook my meals and whilst we do eat out occasionally it’s not anymore than £50 a month.

This month i’ve spent £4 on a falafel wrap, £1.75 for soup and had a lemonade for £1.50. 

$800 spent on food seems insane. 

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

I’d say about $1000 NZD for two of us. We both buy our lunch during the week and I’m terrible for buying coffees

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My partner and I probably spend about $250 a month on going out, used to be a lot more depending on any special events we needed to go out for. Our new years resolution was to spend less money going out by cutting down take out dinners throughout the work week and limiting our going out dinners to the weekend. What also helped was not ordering drinks as much, or splitting meals. Ultimately our goal was to cook more dinners (which can be hard to 2 full-time plus OT working people) and take left over lunches to avoid spending extra money at work. To be honest, alothough we have been doing that for the last 3 or so weeks, all that money that we “saved” goes into purchasing more groceries…so is the money really saved? probably not. We easily spend the same amount of money as we did before…but the offset is that we are eating and making healthier choices and that is in line for our goals of being/getting healthier and fitter this year. 

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