We rarely eat out.
In fact we don't even have a budget column for eating out.
Something I like to do, which I find encouraging, is to find out how much I save, by making our own meals.
At first I found this daunting, but by keeping a list inside the kitchen cupboard of items I normally use, it isn't so difficult.
Here is how I do it. I do not have a kitchen scale which would work more easily, but rather I do it by measurements. They aren't true to the very cent, but not far off.
When I purchase eggs, I get 30/$5.10. Divide 30 into 5.10 and you get .17. So for each egg I use, it cost me $.17. Most baking recipes call for two eggs; 2x $.17 = $.34
I purchase flour in early summer, usually June. I buy a 10kg bag a week for four weeks. At home I distribute the flour into plastic containers and flash freeze them then store them in the dark cold cellar. This does us one full year of baking. The flour cost me this past summer $6.99/10kg. This is the Manitoba Brand with the Buffalo on the front I get at NoFrills. It has since gone up to $7.99 a bag, but prices usually drop some in June. When I scoop out the flour I count how many cups are in a bag. Usually between 48-49 cups. I have taken the larger number: divide 49 into 6.99 and you get .142653. Round it up to $.14. So for each cup of flour I use it cost me $.14.
Some of the items in my list are:
flour .14 per measured cup
Whole wheat flour .42 cup
brown/icing sugar .20 cup
chocolate chips 1.17 cup
Semi sweet chocolate square .62 each
peanuts .56 cup
baking soda .03 teaspoon
salt .01 teaspoon
Today I made Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
banana .69 ( off the clearance rake)
flour . 28
baking soda .03
baking powder .03
chocolate ships 1.17
I am fortunate to be able to bake in a cook stove so I use no electric power, but say about .50 for hydro . Total to make a delicious loaf is $2.63