Eating Out or Dining In

Have you ever wondered how much of a premium you pay when you go out for a steak dinner instead of cooking that steak at home?  Well I have, most recently this evening when my husband and I sat down to a couple of Delmonicos grilled to perfection.

We also had a lovely spinach salad with fresh strawberries, hard-boiled egg, and honey mustard dressing.  Baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon sugar, and sauteed mushrooms.

Fortunately, I still had my grocery receipts so after dinner I sat down and calculated how much our steak dinner cost us.  Here’s what I found:
0.92  Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Egg, and Honey Mustard Dressing
10.41  2-12 ounce Delmonicos
2.14  Sauteed Mushrooms
0.68  Baked Sweet Potato with Butter and Cinnamon Sugar (big enough to share)
1.10  Pop (this is a high estimate–I just used the price of a 2-liter on sale)
That’s a total of $15.25.  That’s right!  $15.25 for a fantastic steak dinner for two!
So how much would we have had to spend if we had gone out for this meal?  Well I knew it was going to be more expensive, but I was surprised when I discovered how much more expensive.
That same meal at a national chain steakhouse like Texas Roadhouse would have cost us $49.56 including tax and tip.  That’s 325% more.  Granted someone else would have cooked the food and washed the dishes, but we would have sacrificed the relaxing, quiet ambiance at home for the overly-loud, peanut-shells-on-the-floor atmosphere at the roadhouse.
So now let’s aim for the ambiance and see what that meal would have cost us at a fine dining restaurant.  Are you ready for this?  At a finer restaurant, that meal would have cost us $77.59 or 509% more.
So the next time your mouth is watering for a delicious steak dinner, think about heading out to the grocery instead of a restaurant.  You can always take those savings and buy a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal!

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