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View Poll Results: How often do you eat restaurant food?
Often 28 35.00%
Occasionally 37 46.25%
Very rarely or never 12 15.00%
Other 3 3.75%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-11-2014, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Maybe once or twice a week.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Xtreme SW Tennessee
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As a family of 3 (2 Sr. citizen & 1 teenager (17 yr.) we are erratic about anything involving food. Breakfast is at home 99.75% of the time. Since the SO & I are retired we no longer seem to be able to adhere to a meal "schedule." I voted "often" because most Friday nights, Saturday nights & Sunday afternoons we eat away from home. Breakfasts are at home 99% of time. The lunches are (for the teen, at school or in a local restaurant (read:fast food). S.O. & I usually lunch on soup &/or sandwich OR leftovers from previous dinner. By Friday...I am tired of cooking breakfast & dinner and they are tired of leftovers. Teen works in a Mexican restaurant, so we patronize that place some. When eating out we mix it up. Chicken, fish, some steak. Meals are usually under $15 @. When I am out by myself, I like to find a salad type meal such as Cracker Barrel Country Salad or a Zaxby's salad topped with chicken, Rafferty's soup & salad, etc.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I am 69, retired, divorced, live alone, and have minimal cooking skills. I eat out about once a day, but not at high-end places. Average cost per person: $10 to $12. Around here having soda/tea/coffee with the meal adds about $2. Sometimes I have just water to save that $2, but sometimes I add a non-alcoholic drink. I know a Mexican place where all their beers are just $2.75 which is very unusual around here. I usually have a beer when I go there. A beer in a restaurant is normally around $4.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:12 AM
 
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if i cant mention the dollar menu at mcdonald's............

once a month maybe...20.00 meal..


going out was a treat, now i have a kid in college, heating oil is almost 4.00 gallon, and taxes keep going up- yes disposable income is used for luxuries and treats..

i make stuff at home and buy strategically to save money-from going out to eat..

when younger, 2-4 times a week...not anymore...



I do like going out for a treat, yet i like to have a couple drinks and buy something good- so it could cost, 30-40.00
and then i feel bad because i try to save pennies here and pennies there on my weekly food bill, and then blow 40.00
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:04 AM
 
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I can understand that. Often when I'm in a new City and if I don't know many people, I will ask what I think looks a sharp person if they can recommend a good value for money restaurant and sometimes I specify what type of cuisine on occasions. Usually their advice turns out to be very good!
the old/retired folks seem to know where all the good values are in town,,,if you see a busy place with older folks, usually its a good value- for breakfast and lunch-mostly


these folks crack me up- they may have a 35,000 vehicle, but if they can save 10cents on a menu, they will travel across town,,,,maybe thats why they have the nice vehicle!
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Probably once every two to four weeks. When I was young and didn't have anyone to worry about but myself I would eat out multiple times a week.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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2 times a year to a high end place, once a week take out. once every 2 months out with friends to a casual place.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:25 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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A few times a month and usually nothing very fancy - either diners or small Thai or Middle Eastern restaurants. I rarely drink anything but water so typically under $15 per meal. Today's my birthday so I'm being treated to a Mexican dinner out. I might have a strawberry margarita.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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We pretty regularly stop after church on Sunday at a favorite "café" for soup or sandwich or salad lunch.....other than that maybe once or twice a month for an evening meal. Cost for lunch per person is usually around $15 or less and for an evening meal with drinks....more like $45 per.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: USA
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I eat out at a local diner several times a week for lunch. I'm living in a rented room that has no cooking facilities other than a microwave so I'm pretty limited on cooking. Price is usually $10 for a sandwich and fries unless I decide to splurge for a Caesar salad which brings the bill up to $17.

I live on $9 per hour so food takes up a decent amount of my income.
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