Post # 1
After reading some of the responses in this other post, I was wondering why some people think going out to dinner is a gift. But that’s probably because eating dinner at a restaurant is not special for me.
Darling Husband and I eat out a lot, at least twice a week. We leave the house at 5 AM, and we don’t get home until about 5 PM. Sometimes, cooking dinner is just NOT going to happen! We also eat out a lot with friends. And it’s not cheap either, I’m talking, like $50 between the two of us, if we go out with friends. More like $20 if it’s just a weekday night.
How often do you eat out?
Post # 3
oops didnt realize we could select multiple.
We generally eat out once a week as a couple or with friends that will cost us anywhere from about $60-$150 total. We may each grab lunch or breakfast at work about once a week for about $10 each. Its not that even, some months we are out more often and other months we barely go out, but I would guess that is what it averages to.
EDIT: I spend several hours on Sunday cooking so that whole meals or portions of meals are ready for the week. this includes egg bakes for breakfasts, grilled chicken or lunch salads etc. we also are gone between 12-13 hours, but really cooking at home is not that hard if some basic prep is already done. IE throw chicken on the grill, sweet potato in the microwave and toss a salad.
EDIT #2: missed your part about a gift. We do nice dinners together, not for each other. So, no, its not a gift. On bdays we find extra nice dinners and that is part of a day of celebration that includes a gift. We usually look for Michellin star restaurants or restaurants more pricey than our normal going out since we only do that 2-3 times a year. But again, thats not a present. Its part of the day. So unless its a $1K dinner (not likely) then its not a gift.
Post # 4
I’m like you. A dinner out for us as a couple would not be considered a gift, unless it was someplace super-duper fancy. But we eat at pretty nice restaurants as it is, so it’d have to be really special for it to be a gift…from or to either one of us.
We eat out a few times a week. Our bills depend on if we drink or not. But we’re typically in the $30-60 range for an average. Nicer places will run us closer to $100. But since we’ve combined finances and been married, it’s not a gift, just part of the experience for both of us.
I’d consider it a gift though if I was taking a friend out and bought her dinner/lunch, but that’s because that’s not something I do on a regular basis.
Post # 5
I eat at Chipotle way too often…does that count as eating out? Other than that, we usually eat out Fridays and Saturdays. My fiance eats out EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. But he works till 5:30 or 6, then eats, then goes for a three mile walk. So it’s not really an option to come all the way home, eat, and then leave to exercise.
Post # 6
@mrshunnybunches: I agree. Unless it’s the French Laundry or something, dinner is not a gift. It’s just a meal.
Post # 7
We go out usually with dd as often as we can. I consider some dinners a gift like Mortons Steak house. $300 for two people no drinks… that’s a gift to me! Also one of my bdays fiance took me & my family out to dinner. That’s a gift, he paid for like 12 people.
Post # 8
@peachacid: SO jealous. I LOVE and MISS Chipotle. I keep hoping one comes near me soon!
Post # 9
Unless we grab fast food its always over $50.
Post # 10
Once a week. I am a Stay-At-Home Mom so I can cook most of the time. Going out is part of date night for us.
Post # 11
We eat out way too much! I voted for 3-5 times a week, but it is definitely more than that some weeks!
Post # 12
We both are up at 5am and not home until after 5pm, and we used to eat out ALL the time. When we sat down and thought about it, it wasn’t good for our waistlines or our bank account.
Now, I make up a menu for the week, including dinners and lunches, and do all my grocery shopping on Sunday afternoon. Menu is posted on the fridge, so we both know what to expect. I enjoy cooking though, so it is not a chore.
We do have “date night” every Friday or Saturday, where we go out to eat and see a movie/comedy show/bowling/etc. The check for dinner is usually around $75-80. We usually eat lunch out once a weekend as well.
Post # 13
I just went back and read the other thread…
We eat out once or twice a week, and I agree, MOST of the time it’s not a treat. However, I do try to really enjoy what I’m getting wherever we go, and make a point to think of nothing but hubby, the restaurant, and our conversation, even if we’re just at Chipotle or Five Guys. That said, I think that a NICE dinner out is fine as a gift. In this area, a nice dinner out for two could easily run $100+, way more than any book, earrings, or other trinket I could pick out.
Post # 14
@mrshunnybunches: Yeah I saw that post, too. If my SO took me out to someplace really fancy (like, maybe twice the high end of what we would normally spend) I would probably consider that a gift, but would hope he’d also give me a card or something. We usually spend somewhere between $20 and $40 for the two of us on a regular dinner out. He also buys me flowers at least once a month, so if he tried to make that a “gift” for our anniversary or something, I’d be a little disappointed.
Post # 15
@MsSparklyBee: Yes – a $300 dinner is definitely gift worthy!! 🙂
@peachacid: OMG… a new Chiotle opened up near our house! I am there WAY too often!
@MrsConnick: I buy dinner as gifts for friends, too. 🙂
OK I’m glad I’m not the only one that eats out frequently! 🙂
Post # 16
@Meowkers: Okay but if you plan it to be something special, it is, right? We go out to eat somewhere amazing for my birthday and my half-birthday each year. For example, we went to Amada in Philadelphia for my half-birthday. That’s nothing to sneeze at…it’s AWESOME. I think it depends, though, on what restaurants you have in your area. In this area, there aren’t really any fancy or excellent places to eat, so going out isn’t a big deal. In Philadelphia, though? Totally different story.