I admire the not very often group, don’t eat out much but it has been increasing over time. And it becomes less of an experience and more of a convenience
It is expensive and more importantly bad nutritionally. It is looking like present inflationary pressures will hit the restaurants harder than the grocery store which will shift me back to eating out less I feel for the people owing and working in the restaurant business Maybe this is not what this thread is about.
I cook and since I retired I really enjoy it. I’ve recently met someone who enjoys going out. Thankfully where I live (Rhode Island) we are blessed with hundreds of dining out options. It’s still a pricey proposition. Last week, for a “special occasion” we went out to eat and spent $180 for 2 people. It was a good experience, but it was more than I like to spend. Just a note-despite the current economic times this place was packed on a Thursday evening! Normally we stick to lunch dates. More reasonable but still easy to run up a good size bill at some places. I still love to cook and my new friend likes to eat. All good!
We do go out to eat but from reading other replies here I realise that we almost never have fast food, like it's a last resort. It's because both my wife and I feel gross after eating it. Does anyone else feel this way, like a bit nauseous from fast food? Maybe it's the grease.
I do sometimes, but also depends what it is.
I almost always feel 'thick' and like I should make myself throw up after McD's, Wendy's, BK, etc. Might be the fries as much as anything--if I eat a couple chicken tacos or something like that, I don't feel as bad.
3 times a week. My father gets me Arby's on Thursdays. And Pizza every Saturday 2 of them. 1 for Sunday.My wife and I love to eat out. It's a frivolous expense, but we enjoy it. My thoughts have usually been, 'screw it--it's something we like doing and you can't take it with ya.'
But then I got to actually thinking about how much we (I, mostly haha) spend on eating out, and the fact we both would like to retire in 5-6 years.
I probably grab lunch once or twice a week, and on average, my wife and I go out to eat maybe one night a week. I also might grab something from a food truck once or twice a month while enjoying a beer with a friend.
When I consider the amount of times I eat out... All told, that is easily $400 I spend on eating out monthly. Taking my wife out alone, probably accounts for $3-400, as it seldom comes in less than a benjamin if it's an evening meal w/a drink each. (granted, sometimes we do something cheaper and sometimes we don't have alcohol)
And when you think of that in annual terms, that's probably about five grand a year I spend on eating out-- our ten day trip to Spain several years ago was just a little more than that! That amount of money can't be sustained. We celebrated Valentines on Monday night (wife had dental work done Tuesday) and we had a great time. But we agreed that going forward, we're going to limit "going out" (ie, an evening meal) to two times a month. And individually, each of us grab lunch no more than once a week.
So how often do you pay someone to prepare your food (eat in, carry out, fast food, all of it combined)?
EDIT: I added "Almost never" if anyone wants to change their vote.
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