As usual this one comes about from a conversation with some co-workers. They were talking about a recent restaurant meal they had, and the cost of that meal. So I asked each of them: “How many times in a month would you go to a restaurant meal and spend more than $50?” One, who is a real spendy, said 4 or 5, and in her case it is just her and her spouse AND they often hit the $70-$80 range. The other, who I would consider to be mostly reasonable said 2 or 3, and this is a family of 4. Of course for me, this would have to be more a yearly number to avoid a fraction for an answer. So I would say maybe 2 or 3 times A YEAR for us, normally our anniversary, or some other such event.
So if you do just 3 restaurant meals a month of $50, that’s $150 per month, over 12 months
gives takes away $1,800!!
Compare that to my $150 of high end meals…and I’m over $1,500 better off! Once again, early retirement, financial independence, whatever you call it, is that much closer!
I thought the “How often do you..” might be a fun question for people to submit for me to throw out to my thousands (not really thousands) of readers. So go ahead send ’em in and I’ll throw one out every so often. And of course let me know what your total would be for this too.