This ties in with health, and frugal living.

@GardenGerty (96643)
Marion, Kansas
September 10, 2008 12:42pm CST
I would be several thousand dollars a year richer if we would quit eating out. I have not been able to stop, though, until just recently. I have been using a food diary online.I find that thinking about having to write down everything I have eaten at a restaurant, especially a buffet, really makes me happy to stay home and cook. Do you eat out much? How much do you think you spend in a year? I think I spend easily $3000 eating out. I probably take in that many calories in one sitting as well.
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@saundyl (9693)
• Canada
10 Sep 08
I think I'd be several thousand dollars richer if i quit drinking sodas and eating out. Not sure how much i spend a year...but i seem to eat out once a week atleast especially if i forget my work lunch at home. What food diary have you been using?
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
Wellness 360 that paid health site has a nutrition fitness tab. It gives you points for using it, and then converts to cash on a quarterly basis. I have friends who cashed out in June, and they got their checks just now, so it takes awhile. I am determined to use it, and make a little wellness money. I know what I have earned, but not my referrals at this time. I will earn for their earnings as well.
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@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
I think the little savings here and there truly helps and like what they say, 'to save for a rainy day'. I think this is really true and that for last year, I spent more than 3k even. I ate a lot outside because I don't like the idea of my mom cooking and she would get tired and all that. And another thing is that I like to eat in buffet spreads; like seafood and in restaurant-like environments. Therefore, I have to learn to cut down, tremendously. And I have still loads of installments to pay like the bike and car etc. AAAArrrrggh, ha! Therefore, trying to earn more money to pay off these things. Have a cheery mylot day. c;)
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
Sometimes it is easier and more efficient to spend less money, than it is to earn more money. Maybe you should learn to cook for your mom.
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@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
12 Sep 08
Gerty, I really think that sentence makes the most sense. Good one there. I do know how to cook but I need to find that time to cook for her. Good idea again there. Have a nice day. c;)
@drannhh (15044)
• United States
11 Sep 08
We could not save several thousand dollars a year by eating out less because we do not even come close to spending that much. I don't think the two of use together have spent anywhere near even $1K a year eating out in our whole lives. Except for taking friends or family to a fancier place once or twice a year, our idea of a meal out is the $5 footlong sandwich special at Subways. The other night we stopped at McDonald's on the way home from shopping and split a burger from the dollar menu. Yes, we split a small batch of fries, too, and a side salad. We put the lettuce in the burger. We also split a hot fudge sundae. That cost us a whopping $3.42 and the calories added up to about 500 per person, which is a lot, but that was a substitute for dinner and our main calorie binge for the day. We had eaten a bowl of whole grain hot cereal for breakfast (healthied up with extra nuts and fruit) and we split a bran muffin for our bedtime snack. Funny you should mention it because as a rule I have noticed that the cost of the food does sometimes fall pretty close to the amount of calories in it. I don't think I have ever in my life eaten 3000 calories in one day, let alone one meal.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
As a child there were times we were without food, and I figure that is where my love of food has come from. My brother was the same way.Tracking it this week shows me that I am rapidly cutting it back. It is too much trouble to write it up. I had good success doing a program called Weigh Down Workshop, but after I met Bob, it went all to pieces. It was also a time when I was cooking for my kids, my sister's kids and my sister and all the rest of us. I am fortunate, I do not even LIKE fries.
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@drannhh (15044)
• United States
11 Sep 08
That IS fortunate. I love them. After we retired I went on an eating binge, so to speak. It was just so wonderful suddenly having time to eat 3 meals a day and time to fix up the kitchen and make cooking more fun. Well after a couple months of this, we decided we had just better go back to 2 meals a day and still enjoy ourselves, but within reason. So now I am determined to write more and eat less ;-)
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
10 Sep 08
We don't eat out as much as we used to before the gas went up. But we do occasionally go out for a hamburger/chicken sandwich. And we sometimes go out to a nice restaurant, but not as much as the fast foods. My husband will sometimes come by and get us a pizza as he did last night. But we are eating more and more at home. You are right; the money piles up that you spend eating out and right now, we need that for other things. I have no idea how much we spend, though, on eating out.
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
I just made a rough estimate. If we eat out two days a week at restaurants, it does add up to almost $60, and my husband prefers that. I shudder to think what it would add up to as calories, though.
• United States
11 Sep 08
GardenG, I rarely eat out! Maybe 5 times a year and then it's just if I'm traveling and stop for a bite. Then, I try and find a Subway because I want to eat healthy. To me, a home cooked meal tastes so much better and costs much less. I enjoy cooking and am skeptical about "how clean" most resturants actually are. After working in several in the area and seeing some things with my own eyes, I know that all is not quite as clean as we think it is!
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Sep 08
You are right, I know enough about how a restaurant or commercial kitchen is supposed to be run, that I know it is not done that way. We do eat out usually when we travel. Once in awhile I find a place that tastes homemade.
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
11 Sep 08
For financial reasons we are only able to eat at once a month. We go out to eat or order in one time at the beginning of the month. When I am working I tend to take my lunch so I avoid going to the subway sandwich shop next door. Last tax season though we had a new office manager though who loves to eat so there was food in the breakroom just about everyday, not just snacks either but things like hamburgers, hot dogs, chili,spaghetti and the list goes on. I took my lunch everyday just in case there wasn't food lol.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Sep 08
I know how that can be when you have a busy schedule. I would be paying things down better if I had not been a person who ate out a lot. I guess my savings on food could pay for a membership at the YMCA
@Luvxoni (135)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I used to spend about $50.00 a week eating out. Until, I wanted to start saving extra money, and I was taking a look at things I could cut back on. So, I started cooking at home more. I eat about the same amount either way. I still occasionally eat out, but at the expense of others.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
At that rate, if you could put it away, you would have over $2,000 put away.Good job.
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
11 Sep 08
Eating out is indeed a great money spending thing. I do try not to do this but I don't really have the time to cook at home as much as I need to and I cannot go home during the day. My work is an all time consuming thing from early morning to late evening sometimes. Plus I get really tired of sandwiches too easily. You can save thousands by avoiding eating out there's no doubt about that but how do you avoid it ?
@subha12 (18454)
• India
11 Sep 08
I very much like eating out.. I know i end up spending too much money for it.. but also i can';t help. now due to price rise and all it has decrease so much. still i wish i could make it lesser.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Sep 08
As the economy lessens we do have to cut back somewhere.
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
For me, I do enjoy eating out. Especially during the weekends when I go out with my girlfriend. We try out all sorts of food and different restaurants. I probably spend a couple of dollars on it too but somehow it doesn't really matter that much. As long as you enjoy what you spend on! Plus its somehow a way of treating myself for a long weeks work.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Sep 08
I think being at the dating stage makes it different too. You learn a lot about each other, likes and dislikes. I like to eat at a special place if I am treating myself.
@eztuner (451)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I really believe you about the savings someone can make eating at home. Keeping a diary is the way to have undeniable facts about any subject. I know for a fact that eating at home is healthier and cheaper than eating out. But I just love to eat out. The restaurant's ambiance, been served by a good waiter, the cocktails, the casual conversations, the food, desserts, liquors, I just can't give up. I also enjoy any fast food restaurant, and I love Cafeterias if my health will allow it, I would have breakfast every day in an Ihope or a LatinAmerica Cafeteria. When money is tide there is nothing to replay just quit going out and you will see the fruits or I should say the $$$$$. Treat yourself for special occasions only. Invest in good Cooking books and enjoy life!
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
Actually, hubby and I are both excellent cooks. I think it is just we get tired, or lack imagination. No one could be healthy and eat out all of the time.
@underdogtoo (9600)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I wish I had the luxury of eating out. There is just too much to do and mealtimes are a blur. I hope someday I will have time to enjoy a proper meal. Cheers!!
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
You are right, it is a luxury, and I did not do it when my family was all at home. At that time my crock pot was my best friend.
• Ireland
10 Sep 08
Now you have me thinking. I eat out every weekend, that is, every Saturday and Sunday. I have never thought about how much I could save by staying at home and cooking but I don't like cooking and I only do it during the week because my husband is working. I think I will try staying at home for a few weeks and see if it cuts down on the number of trips I make to the bank. $3000...wow! I could have a holiday for that.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
You certainly could. I like to cook, but I like fast as well. I will put something in the crockpot to cook all day and have two meals or more from it, or I will cook something in the George Foreman Grill. I make plenty of whatever I cook, and we revisit them in other forms.
• United States
10 Sep 08
I prefer not to be broke or overweight so I eat at home.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
We are working on both. Success today, no eating out all day, even though hubby was off. I guess I need a twelve step program. We take it one day at a time. Need to mark the days on the calendar. When we travel, that is a little different. Mostly, I prefer my own cooking, so there are lots of reasons for me to eat at home.
@Lejandro (1530)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Yeah, that had been our problem too. Me and my wife can't easily quit eating out. We really love to eat out and too tired to prepare for home dinner. We do it atleast 3-4X a week. But unlike you, I'm just looking at $1500 a year. By the way, never have I seen a member here with as much as posts as you have... You must be a pionner here huh? . Goodluck and happy mylotting!
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
If hubby liked to eat at fast food places it would be less, but he likes to eat at restaurants. I have been here for about two years, and I love being here. I have made a little money, learned quite a bit, and made an enormous amount of friends. It is like therapy for me.
@Shylor (53)
• United States
10 Sep 08
It is just "easier" for me to eat out, run thru a drive-thru window and get it all in a neat little bag. I really would like to know what food diary you are using and if it is free, because I need to keep track of what I am eatting and I would like to save $ as well.
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
Shylor, I am a member of a site that pays me to keep track of my health. It is called Wellness 360. I did some discussions about it. I would be glad to add you as friend and invite you, which would make you my referral, or you can go there without me referring. That would be up to you.
@kenzie45230 (3561)
• United States
10 Sep 08
We very rarely eat out. My hubby gets paid twice a month and when we first got married we usually ate out on pay day. Now we might eat out once a month, plus maybe for special things like birthdays. But I'm quite a frugal person (some might say cheapskate) and cannot see spending 3 times the money (or more!) it would cost me to make the same meals.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
In my first marriage we were a lot more frugal. I can, and will get back there. When I worked two jobs we ate out more, and I do not think it was good for us.
@checapricorn (16069)
• United States
10 Sep 08
[i]Hi Garden, we eat out a lot! I even told hubby to lessen it and this time, we are trying our best to just do it twice a month! I know it's nice to treat ourselves from stressful job and schedule but this time, we also need to prioritize savings, so that is what we are doing! We are like having a tour in all the restaurant around here, affordable to expensive one! I guess our yearly expenses will be around $1700, less than to what you have, LOL! but, I will love to cut this off a lot![/i]
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 08
Usually if we are both off work the same day, we spend around $30 -$35 eating that day. Two days off in a row, it is easy to spend $60. Maybe we are not spending as much as we used to, because I have cut down. We both were off today and ate three meals at home. It is easier to watch what I eat if I do that. Usually the food tastes better.
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
21 Sep 08
I think it's safe to say I never eat out...but I sometimes grab some takeaway...but I do that less than once a month. I'm on a really low income and I simply cannot afford to do it. The other part is that eating that way is sooo expensive....even if I could afford to do it I wouldn't cos it's such a rip-off....
20 Sep 08
We dont go overboard here ,going out is a once a week enjoyment,we tend to go to the local indian restaurant and they doo a good buffet meal at around £10 per head,so that is twenty dollars ,and that is virtually all that we spend on dining out.I am not saying that it wouldnt be good to dine out a little more,its such a treat,and no washing dishes afterwards lol ,but thre budget will not stretch to anymore,so we must just be thankful for what we are able to have.