With 2 moves in 2 months, a 2 week trip home, a trip to the coast, another vacation coming up next month (I have to cram travel into about 4 months of winter due to job duties in the field season), an out of town conference or two, and perhaps random laziness....my food costs shot up.
Too much eating out. Too much road food. Too much prepared food.
Another factor was canning season. Once I got back into a place with a kitchen, the apartment I have for the winter, I wanted to get some things put up for winter. I couldn't really do that in the camper with such limited space and stove smaller than the canner. I didn't get outdoor accomations arranged.
So, food costs shot up. It's easy to have that happen. When traveling, entertaining, having visitors, etc and especially when working more than 3 blocks from home now that I commute, it seems easier to just buy something for lunch or hit up the local cafe for a sandwich.
But alas, those lunches, about 2 a week on average, were costing me 10$ a shot, double that if I was treating a friend. That adds up compared to bringing lunch.
I have made SOME effort to have lunch ready at the office. I found cheap soups at Grocery Outlet. When I remember to eat them I'm spending $1.50 to $4.00 per lunch (because I don't JUST have soup...a piece of fruit or meat or bread or crackers to go with completes the meal).
So, what would I save if I cut back on the store and restaurant lunches and made more of an effort to have my lunch pre-planned and brought it in?
Turns out there's an app for that. Actually a calculator: