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    I'm a student so I try not to eat out too often but I still end up spending ~ 75-100$/month on eating out at social events (=1-2 times a week plus the occasional coffee/ice cream) and at least double that on groceries....I try to eat healthy/well-balanced meals which makes it a lot more expensive. I eat quite a lot as well for someone my size--I suspect I have an unusually high metabolism.

    It helps that I'm super-cheap so it's not hard for me to prepare food at home rather than eating out, when I know how much money I'm saving.

    And I thought the thread was about something way more interesting. Way to disappoint.

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    I have a card in my pocket that has been stamped once for each of nine times I've eaten at the Peking Palace buffet.

    That card now certifies that I may eat a tenth time at the Peking Palace buffet for free.

    God help me, I'm not certain I want to redeem it...

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    hm... I always make breakfast at home, and it's sometimes elaborate (omelette and toast) or simple (oatmeal, or sometimes leftovers), lunch is almost always out (usually at the overpriced tavern next to work) and dinner is usually made at home; eating out for dinner is the exception, not the norm. This is during the weekday.
    On rare exception I'll get something at that same overpriced place for breakfast (muffin, or a chai) when I get to work. Very rare though.

    On the weekend breakfast is always at home, lunch often at home and for dinner it's eat out or cook something on the grill 50/50. Some saturday nights my roommate and I make a point to go eat out somewhere new, or if we're not feeling adventurous, somewhere good we already know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    And I thought the thread was about something way more interesting. Way to disappoint.
    Wrong forum for a thread on that topic...though if someone would write up a How-To article in the Mature Topics forum, it would be a great service to all concerned...

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    ^^^^^
    Agreed . My mind went south in a hurry when I read the title!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I checked my budget and spending habbits because I am going to try out a new investment strategy, and I realized I spend about 3/4 of my budget on food (Actually, I knew that, but it's a shock every time I think about it).

    I eat out almost every meal (I go out with co-workers and friends for lunch and dinner, and go to an IHOP like restaurant for break fast, while catching up on news and other reading), and I justify it by saying "I work hard, I may as well enjoy my meals." I also don't place restrictions on the styles of meals (Sushi and Seafood comes up often). I tip well, since I am a regular at many of the restaurants. I also get at least one cup of Starbucks cofee or a Jamba Juice pretty much every day. Sometimes, I will get the urge for a late moght dessert, and I'll get a big banana split or something. So it adds up really quickly.

    The other, bigger, problem is that my health suffers because of it too, though I have been eating healthier foods lately, the portions are still large (and I've gotten used to them).

    Anyone else have a similar issues?

    Every night after work I'm getting asked to attend this and that with fellow contractors (IT systems implementation) as people are always leaving, things getting delivered (celebrate), people away from home and want to socialise rather than sit in a hotel room etc etc ..

    Hence, its drinking, drinking and more drinking...

    I go to the gym before socialising, I even leave socialising early to go to the gym... its a fight to stay in shape thats for sure.

    I don't spend 75% of my income on food... but I really would like to spend >1% on eating healthy and less than 10% on alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneti View Post
    I don't spend 75% of my income on food...
    I don't either. I feel the need to clarify.

    I defined "budget" as follows:

    Budget = Take Home Pay - Fixed Amount Expenditures (Mortgage, Property Taxes, HOA, Car Insurance, etc.)

    For some reason, I assumed that's the way most people did it (shows how much I know about most people). It seems like this clarifies decisions for me. I don't have to worry about this repating stuff most months. If I want to make major changes to my budget, I can go back and see if I can improve my fixed expedentures (Though reducing how much I spend eating out always comes up as an option, also).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I don't either. I feel the need to clarify.

    I defined "budget" as follows:

    Budget = Take Home Pay - Fixed Amount Expenditures (Mortgage, Property Taxes, HOA, Car Insurance, etc.)

    For some reason, I assumed that's the way most people did it (shows how much I know about most people). It seems like this clarifies decisions for me. I don't have to worry about this repating stuff most months. If I want to make major changes to my budget, I can go back and see if I can improve my fixed expedentures (Though reducing how much I spend eating out always comes up as an option, also).
    by your definition I spend about 50%
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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I don't either. I feel the need to clarify.

    I defined "budget" as follows:

    Budget = Take Home Pay - Fixed Amount Expenditures (Mortgage, Property Taxes, HOA, Car Insurance, etc.)

    For some reason, I assumed that's the way most people did it (shows how much I know about most people). It seems like this clarifies decisions for me. I don't have to worry about this repating stuff most months. If I want to make major changes to my budget, I can go back and see if I can improve my fixed expenditures (Though reducing how much I spend eating out always comes up as an option, also).
    You've got the dilemma that most office workers now face... how to cut back.

    I believe in just burning more calories as that’s positive, emaciating diets are negative. However, with the eating there needs to be adequate balance.

    The thing that I find most annoying is that I actually don't drink alcohol quickly, but when everyone is buying rounds you move at the pace of the quickest drinker...

    Anyway, getting back to diets, people just need to cut out animal fats and try to eat small amounts often which keeps their bodies still calorie burning rather than going to starvation preservation mode.

    As for spending whatever % of your disposable income... whatever feels best is right, eventually it’s always spent or handed on... whatever feels right probably is. Perhaps you should trying spending less and try using it for something else... maybe something more tangible might feel like a better use... or something that fulfills some other need.

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    I have a copy of The American Woman's Cook Book printed in 1945. In the back of the book, there is a section entitled, "How to Feed a Family of Five on $20.00 per Week."

    New taxes and other additional cash outlays that occur in wartime together with definite shortages in many commodities require the sharpest kind of economy. This will be no new experience to the homemaker who has been feeding a family of two adults and three children on $20.00 per week. But for those who must learn to carry on when that figure is new to them, the following pages will help meet the challenge.

    Whims and fancies break down well-laid plans for good nutrition. Everybody must eat all food prepared if there is to be a minimum of waste. This puts upon the homemaker the responsibility for careful selection and good cooking. The test of a good cook is the clean plate. And good cooking means conserving all the food values...minerals and vitamins.

    That's the introduction to the section. Further paragraphs include such suggestions as, "The woman who does her own marketing will have all the advantage over the woman who telephones or sends a child," and "When buying evaporated milk be sure it is irradiated, which adds vitamin D."

    The high cost of eating out has been a national problem since 1945.

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