Food is definitely a challenge for me in terms of spending in that I love to eat. And eat well. Eating out for dinner will cost at least $15 for meal/tax/tip. That’s if I don’t order dessert, drinks, or anything other than the second-most-inexpensive thing on the menu (which, depending on where I go, could very well be 3 pieces of scallops on a leaf of baby bok choy. Artfully presented? Yes. Enough food for anyone older than 4-years-old? No.)
I’ve set a budget of $200 for food-related expenses every month, $125 for dining out and $75 for groceries. $125 is 20 cheap lunches, 10 cheap dinners, or 4 nicer dinners. A MONTH. I am not an ungrateful twentysomething, I assure you, I do understand that dining out is not a right but a privilege (like driving!). I AM, however, utterly and absolutely devoted to a good gastronomic experience.
I only have $131 left for food for January. I have THREE more weeks to get through.. that’s about $43 a week. I can definitely do it if I don’t eat out more than once a week… which I should be able to do.