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Old 05-10-2017, 07:49 PM
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I have struggled with this for a long time. I actually posted a thread on CD to get help. It worked. I was spending well over $500 per month on food. I have gotten it down to $200 per month which includes groceries and take out. The key is preparing your own food.

It was challenging at first but now it is routine. I bring my breakfast and lunch to work everyday without fail. I also eat my dinner at home. I usually do not spend any money until Friday night. I like to treat myself to some take out on Friday. On occasion, I will allow myself to eat some take out on the weekend and take the money out of my discretionary budget. Unfortunately, I abused that benefit last week. I am not ready for the freedom. I will closely adhere to the $200 budget for food and take out. I will, however, use discretionary income when I go out to restaurants. I will limit it to once a month. The exception will be when I am on vacation.

At first, it seem overwhelming but it is worth it. I do not think people realize how much money they spend on eating out. It is crazy. I watch my coworker eat out for breakfast and lunch. I used to be one of them. I cannot go back to that.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:01 PM
 
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Good for you, goodlife36! Glad to hear things have been going well for you.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:03 PM
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Good for you, goodlife36! Glad to hear things have been going well for you.
Thank you!
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have struggled with this for a long time. I actually posted a thread on CD to get help. It worked. I was spending well over $500 per month on food. I have gotten it down to $200 per month which includes groceries and take out. The key is preparing your own food.

It was challenging at first but now it is routine. I bring my breakfast and lunch to work everyday without fail. I also eat my dinner at home. I usually do not spend any money until Friday night. I like to treat myself to some take out on Friday. On occasion, I will allow myself to eat some take out on the weekend and take the money out of my discretionary budget. Unfortunately, I abused that benefit last week. I am not ready for the freedom. I will closely adhere to the $200 budget for food and take out. I will, however, use discretionary income when I go out to restaurants. I will limit it to once a month. The exception will be when I am on vacation.

At first, it seem overwhelming but it is worth it. I do not think people realize how much money they spend on eating out. It is crazy. I watch my coworker eat out for breakfast and lunch. I used to be one of them. I cannot go back to that.
sounds like you have control and that is good. $200 isn't over the top by any means. You know if we really think about it, except when we are very busy or out shopping and not near home, what in the world is the satisfaction of grabbing a cheap, fast food sandwich that isn't even healthy? You $5 to $10 and have nothing much to show for it.
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Probably a couple hundred a month, mostly on Indian buffets. Of course I don't know, but the food seems minimally processed and good quality - and things I'd not be able to replicate easily at home. Goat, lamb - too hard to find fresh and too expensive even if I could, plus fish, chicken, lots of fancy breads - so I feel okay about it. Each Indian dish is practically a buffet in itself with so many ingredients going into it!
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:51 AM
 
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I really have no idea. My family doesn't eat out often, but we lived in San Diego county for awhile and there are glorious Mexican restaurants that we went to at least once a month and probably more often because the food was so good. That was too long ago to remember what we spent.

Also, we lived in Maryland for one year and there was this little chicken shack-- literally, the size of a tool shed where only one customer at a time could stand inside. That guy made the very best barbecued chicken in the entire world. You went in and they handed you a whole chicken and 4 slices of cheap white bread. I could never figure out what seasoning he was using, so we bought one of those chickens every week.

Other than that, I make better food at home than we can buy in restaurants and we eat at home.
Where was the chicken shack in MD?
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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I do not want to know. We eat out often. I cannot cook. I have been fixing food at home the last couple weeks and the kids had a meltdown last night. They want to go out and have a decent meal that tastes good. I really do not find eating out expensive compared to grocery shopping, as we order water and often get lunch specials or kids meals. Now if someone is more skilled in the kitchen, can plan meals and not quite as picky, cooking at home could be cheaper.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I don't want to know either. The figure would probably curl my hair.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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I'm not good at guessing stuff like this, but I eat lunch out with friends at least once a week - but my husband and I go out to dinner less than once a month.

Since this is the economics forum, I wanted to mention I have a friend who taught me that anything on the menu is going to taste good. You'll enjoy the chicken patty melt that's 8.99 as much as the filet mignon that's 24.99, and an hour later it won't make a difference what you had.

That's for people who have few food preferences, I guess, but I order the cheapest entree and it's always good.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:25 PM
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sounds like you have control and that is good. $200 isn't over the top by any means. You know if we really think about it, except when we are very busy or out shopping and not near home, what in the world is the satisfaction of grabbing a cheap, fast food sandwich that isn't even healthy? You $5 to $10 and have nothing much to show for it.
I agree.
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