- July 28, 2008 at 11:22 am #260639
Yesterday, we ate out for lunch after church. It was a fundraiser for
the softball team (donations only). When we go to our high school
football games, they usually have hamburgers for sale….we usually
eat dinner at the game. Yes, we could have saved that money by eating
at home first etc…but in these particular situations, we were also
supporting school activities….so perhaps that should be moved to
charity portion of the budget or split with it?
My hubby eats out at lunch during the work week. I have offered to
fix him lunches, which he has thought about but said that he really
does need to “get away” from the office if he actually wants to get a
lunch (physically) and also get away mentally. He eats at the same
place, has several old guys he eats/talks/networks with. He would
probably argue the point that he has saved more money from the
deals/advice he gets from them than he has spent. The A/C isn’t too
great (pretty much nonexistent) where he works and taking a lunch and
going to a hot park isn’t on his list of things to do either. Coming
home for lunch is not an option (too far).
When we go shopping(about once every 3-4 weeks), we usually eat out.
Shopping is an all-day affair. Yes, I could save that money (will
have to try to think to do so in advance) by packing a lunch….again,
during the summertime it would be hard to find a good spot to eat it
comfortably. I also consider it somewhat of a treat though.
Since we live way out in the country, it’s a hassle to go eat out just
to do so(time spent driving not to mention the cost of gas to get
there) so we rarely if ever do that. My hubby does like to take me
out to eat once in awhile, but I usually opt not to (too much of a
hassle) unless we are running errands too.
Some put it in their budget because they know themselves, and they
will end up eating out some….it may give them something to look
forward to, some may feel “deprived” of being on a budget and this is
one thing that may help them with? Some may travel quite a bit with
their jobs in which not eating out is not really a good option. I
know a guy who always kept a $100 bill in his billfold. He never knew
when he would need to take out “Mr. Important Person/s” out for lunch
Eating out is a good area of the budget than most of the time (for
most) can be eliminated if one has the proper planning ahead of time
for this (for when you are away from home).
> Then I was reading a few digest posts from over the weekend, and saw
> one person budget $35-$100 a week for eating out (or was it a
> month?) My question is, why eat out at all? And I’m asking myself
> this also.
> You can buy a greater quantity of food, prepare it how you want,
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