Sunday, October 4, 2009
$2.25 Breakfast and a $27.70 Lunch - The costs of eating out.....
Breakfast this morning was closing in on our goal of $2.00 per meal for the family. The cost breakdown was as follows:
Whole wheat waffles and orange juice breakfast.
Whole wheat blend waffle mix: .42 per cup - used 2 1/2 cups = 1.05
Organic milk: .37 per cup - used 2 1/2 cups = .93
Organic eggs .29 each used one egg = .29
Unsweetened applesauce - 1/4 cup can replace an egg, cup is .36, used 1/4 cup = .09
Olive oil - used 6 tablespoons - have no idea on cost, will check next time I purchase a bottle - guessing = .50
All fruit Apricot Jam - .21 per tbsp - used 3 tbsp = .63
Orange juice 4 cups - need to find cost on this, guessing at .25 each = 1.00
So to make 14 waffles and have four cups of orange juice was $4.49. We ate 7 waffles and froze 7, so breakfast was $2.25 for the family. Not bad!
Then I walked a 5k for a literacy fund raiser with a friend and treated her to lunch. The cost of our delicious Mediterranean meal with tip was $20. Meanwhile, Greg took the boys to church and traded a promise of McDonalds for good behavior. They met the standard apparently as they got lunch at $7.70 (while I'm a vegetarian and only cook vegetarian meals at home, both the kids and my husband often eat meat when we eat out.) Thus lunch costs totaled $27.70 or TEN TIMES the cost of eating in this morning. I did get a lovely lunch and a nice visit with my friend Kalpana and that itself has value, but it reinforces the power of sheer numbers in making "informed" decisions.
Good wishes for a good night! I'm off to walk the dog. Eileen