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#1 Cate

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:35 AM

We've been thinking lately that we eat out far too often. We both earn decent wages and have no 'committments' so essentially we just buy what we want. However it's been bugging us lately and we really feel we need to start saving. One of the easiest things to do is stop eating out.

I worked it out to be approx., one brekkie, 4 dinners and three lunches out per week (not including lunches bought at work etc.) and a few coffees and cakes here and there. This probably costs about $250 per week. We use entertainment book vouchers almost always tongue.gif so most of those meals are the 'buy one get one free type'

Is this excessive? Bearing in mind that we spend about $120 per week on groceries for the two of us, however neither of us smoke and we hardly drink so I suppose we don't spend money that way. Our only other activity expense is the movies which we usually go to about 3 times per month at $30 per visit. THe rest of our leisure time stuff is usually free.

I suppose I know I should cut back but I just don't know how. What's a reasonable amount to eat out per week? 2 times per week, once, I don't know!!!

I know that once we have babies there is no way on earth we can eat out this much so I'd rather cut down now and gradually get used to it.

I'd love your opinions so that I can see what is 'normal'.
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:45 AM

We very rarely eat out or get takeaway. I voted once a month and it's possibly not even that often.

We're living off only one wage at the moment, so we have to make our budget stretch as far as humanly possible smile.gif


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#3 Starbuck

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:46 AM

Cate you spend $13,000 a year on eating out!! My husband would have a heart attack if we came even close to that wink.gif

We also spend $120 a week on groceries but that includes all of our meals including lunches, and we eat out maybe on average once a fortnight. We are saving hubby's whole salary at the moment though so that is why we are being so frugal. We also don't smoke and only usually drink when we go out for dinner or to a friend's place, which once again is maybe once a fortnight.

If you can afford it and it makes you happy - why not I say smile.gif I know if we weren't saving like mad idiots we would probably do it more often - but having said that I love to cook and would hate to have that taken away from me!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:49 AM

Oh shit $13000 a year - that's just the kick up the butt I needed!!!!!

I know the figures add up I just can't believe we spend that much......

Actually maybe we should have a trial run of living off hubby's wage and saving mine since this is how is will be for the first few months when we have a baby.
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:09 AM

H2B and i used to eat out all the time but now that we've got a mortgage and now saving up for the wedding, we never eat out anymore! sad.gif

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:14 AM

We eat out/get takeaway probably once a week. We know once we have kiddies we'll have to cut that back but at the moment we can afford to do it so we do. I love eating out, especially the last year because I've had money for the first time in 3 years (was studying). I guess it's up to you, if you can afford it, why not? Life's about living smile.gif
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:34 AM

Thanks for the reality check - I eat out everyday except maybe Sundays ph34r.gif

My reason being I get up so late for work I can't be bothered making something that won't be good anyway (I'm not the hottest cook around), so I may as well spend some money buying a decent lunch from all the overtime pay I'm getting working like a horse...

Otherwise when I'm not working so much overtime, I generally would eat out 1-2 times per week, Saturday is a general eat-out day for H2B and me, and we have a fund that we chip a little bit into each week to save up for dining out and entertainment etc....although I suspect since the Franz Ferdinand and orchestra tickets, we've been inconsistent with it ph34r.gif ph34r.gif

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:55 AM

We used to eat out all the time, when we both lived with our parents, as it was a way of getting out of the house and having some time to ourselves, but now we rarely eat out at restaurants.
I guess its a combination of paying off our block and going out for a few bad meals in a row!
That said, we often meet friends for fish and chips at the local marina - they do salads, chilli mussels etc... its liscenced, its on the water, its inexpensive and has live music on sundays... most of our friends are in the same kind of situation as we are, saving for houses etc... so it suits us.
It also makes going out for dinner something you really look forward to.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE (cate @ Jan 23 2006, 08:49 AM)
Oh shit $13000 a year - that's just the kick up the butt I needed!!!!!

I know the figures add up I just can't believe we spend that much......

Actually maybe we should have a trial run of living off hubby's wage and saving mine since this is how is will be for the first few months when we have a baby.

Cate we've been doing it since about July, and its been working brilliantly - since then we've saved about $30k all by ourselves ph34r.gif add that to what we'd scrambled together before that and we're doing pretty well!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 10:07 AM

Far too bloody much!!!

I didn't even include breakfasts (mmm Maccs bacon and egg mcmuffin) and lunchs, but dinners is probably three a week.

When I was with my ex we would eat out for dinner about 4 times a week - we even had our own table in a restaurant (how embarrassing!!)

I'm really trying to cut down now to probably one night a week, and I've asked the kitchen at work to make me a sandwich every day to stop me getting take away for lunch.

Hopefully this will save me money and help me to stop putting on weight, I must lose it!!
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 10:32 AM

i'm with you cate - time to review the eating out!

we earn a fair bit, and live near one of the best restaurant strips in canberra. it is FAR too easy to have a day at work, come home, not feel like cooking and just go up and take our pick of world cuisines.

since just before christmas, we've been really good though (not counting our time on holiday - that was eating out every night for three weeks). we sit down on the weekend and pour through the magazines/books and find recipes for the week, then go and buy the ingredients. i'm using it as an opportunity to try different things (so it's not just meat and three veg), so we don't get bored, but that are still pretty easy. if we know we're having a busy night (ie thursday dancing class starts at 7:30), we'll pick something super quick (bbq fish), but if we're planning on being home all night, it can have a bit more attention given to it.

given we can easily spend $100 between us when we go out to dinner, we're saving alot of money this way!
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 10:40 AM

we eat out about three times a week in a normal week. We will go out once for dinner, Sunday mornings we go out for breakfast and usually we eat out Saturday for lunch! Although sometimes it feels like I am always eating at a restaurant...that's the advantage of being married to an ex chef who cooks every night wink.gif
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 10:53 AM

OMG $13,000 a year! Wow, you will save a lot if you quit doing that, lol. Seriously though, if we had no children and were finished our education etc, then we would probably be as bad if not worse! I love eating out!

In reality right now, we have two children, we are both Uni students, and we live very tightly to survive, but even so, we eat out once a fortnight! We love restaurants, so seeing as how we don't drink much, or smoke at all, and don't spend anything on ourselves, we figure it is a reasonable thing to do as a private, romantic enjoyable once a fortnight passtime! So I would struggle to give that up! We don't eat out at super expensive palces, but nice, ambiant, mid-price places.

You can still eat out, just cut back and you will save so much!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 11:05 AM

We used to eat out almost every night (living in Leichhardt; the little Italy of Sydney, it makes it pretty hard not to).

But since we jumped on the savings wagon with the wedding and now for our first home, weve limited our eating out nights to Saturdays only where we usually go to a local restaurant & pay max $15 each for our meals which isnt too bad but its the 2 or 3 drinks we order with it that makes it expensive. Its our end of week reward though so Im not complaining. If we dont eat out well get Thai delivered or something with a DVD just a treat to look forward to at the end of the week. We sometimes invite friends around & do a BBQ at home on Saturdays which we could probably do more of.

Its pretty easy to stick to this because we do sports or go to the gym weeknights getting home at 7pm most times so have opted for a quick Lean Cuisine meal in the microwave Mon-Thur.

Fridays we have prawns & beer night where we share a bag of prawns (John drinks the beer).

Sunday we make a rule to cook something properly like baked dinner, BBQ lamb cutlets, salmon steaks or corned meat etc. and have a proper home cooked meal.

RE: Groceries: Id love to only spend $120 per month on groceries but ours at the moment is $300. We can cut that back if we really wanted which we should do soon because weve brought a few expensive cleaning products etc. recently which should last us a while.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 11:16 AM

I want to eat out all the time laugh.gif but we dont !!

We have take away 1 night a week, on fridays and if we are out on the weekend we may grab something small but not big $$$ worth. This also doesnt include if we have b'day dinners etc.

We shop every fortnight saves the $$$ and the temptation of stuff we dont need laugh.gif




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