I hope your commute to work was awesome. Most likely, though, you had to sit through an hour traffic, get cut off by some punk kid in a Honda, and showed up 5 minutes late, even though you left 15 minutes early. But no worry, your workday will probably be much better. Unless you get called into the office by your boss because you didn’t reply to the email he sent you Sunday at 8pm, you lose all the work on your report you were putting together because you forgot to save and your computer blue screens, you spill coffee on your “spill proof” shirt, only to have it leak right on to your no-so-spill-proof jeans, and you get a “warning” from your boss at the end fo the day for showing up 5 minutes late. Hopefully you don’t turn in to Bad Luck Brian.
Well, you’re commute home is only going to be twice as miserable, so you might as well drop by the local burger joint and….
STOP! DON’T DO IT! GET BACK IN YOUR CAR AND GO HOME! STOP BLOWING YOUR MONEY ON EATING OUT, YOU HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO SPEND IT ON!
A study conducted by the CDC showed that Americans were spending 26% of their food budget on “eating out” in 1960. In a follow up survey in 2011, they discovered that Americans were spending of 49% of their food budget on eating out. Not only is it healthier to eat food from home, but you can save yourself literally hundreds of dollars per month doing it. Michelle and I did it. I blew $600 on mall food at one point before getting married. During our first year of marriage, we survived on $14 an hour and our food budget was $240 per month. And we ate VERY well.
If we were eating out on pace with the average American family, we’d be dropping close to $250 – $300 per month on eating out alone, and spending over $600 a month total. We’re spending less than $400 per month for food, and we still get out and enjoy meals away, just not every other day. And to put that savings in perspective, if we just went with the average American family spending, we would not be able to put ANY money away for our son’s college fund.
How much money are YOU blowing on eating out per month? Is it worth it?