Another Bay Area person here! My husband and I live in Berkeley and the two of us combined spend an average of $468 on groceries and $207 eating out each month. We eat out ~2x/week, typically on weekends. I think the differences for us are:
- Snacks are part of our meal planning, just like breakfast, lunch, and dinner are.
- On Sundays, we cook a big batch of something for our lunches and eat them throughout the week. We kind of pre-prep dinner and have the same dinner, like, every other night. So our food varies more on a weekly time scale than daily.
- We don’t drink much at all. We buy beer/wine maybe every other week? Wine is typically 2 Buck Chuck, beer is typically Anchor Steam.
- We eat really awesome produce, but it’s dirt cheap because it’s from this permanent farmers market thing in Berkeley (I know). And we buy antibiotic-free meat, but conventional produce (again, I know).
We really enjoy what we eat. I don’t know what to say, besides that it’s not as boring as it sounds.