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View Poll Results: For retirees, on average how many nights/week do you eat dinner out?
0 46 41.82%
1 31 28.18%
2 17 15.45%
3 8 7.27%
4 5 4.55%
5 0 0%
6 1 0.91%
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:10 AM   #41
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I voted 0 because even before I started a job again we rarely eat dinner out - at most once a month. It has more to do with whether we're with friends/family and happen to be out at dinnertime.

No expense account for us anyway.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #42
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We only dine out at lunch, and rarely in the evening unless it is a special occasion. I go maybe twice a week. Wife 'lunches' at least 3 times a week. Generally, we go to 'gastro-pubs' (very decent menu circa $100 for two).

Before I retired, the wife suggested we may be doing this regularly. I was not convinced, and thought it was not something I would enjoy. I was wrong. I've grown to really enjoy it. The only downside is due to the strict drink/drive laws where we live, so I end up with a few sips of one of the wife's wines.

We frequent 5 or 6 different establishments where the owners only expect one sitting per table at lunch, so no time limit. We've come to know the owners quite well which can have some definite advantages. For a group of 6 or 8 of us, it is not unknown to have a 4 to 5 hour lunch (and that's not 'hyperbole'). One of our main pleasures is watching all the business people with their clients, and thinking how lucky we are to be retired and not having that routine anymore.

Yes, it can be a bit expensive, but we've found we would prefer to do this than replace the 10 year old TV or other latest gadget (I'm typing this on a 6 year old computer, not a 'pad' of some sort) whilst we are financially able. It's come to be one of our dependable pleasures and something we look forward to.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:03 AM   #44
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I would say, "0." There is a great Chinese restaurant in town that serves lunch specials, and that is what we get - maybe once per month. I cook, and enjoy food from the garden. Also, many times I put beans, stew in the crockpot in the morning - and there really is no cooking for dinnertime.
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Eating out is entertainment for us. We enjoy each oher's company, like a date really. Being at a restaurant gives us an hour or two of conversation not interrupted by chores or other things. We budget about 3-4% of our total spend for eating out but are over budget a bit YTD.
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Eating out is entertainment for us. We enjoy each oher's company, like a date really. Being at a restaurant gives us an hour or two of conversation not interrupted by chores or other things.
Replace 'eating out/restaurant' with 'cooking/eating at home', and that's us.
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Eating out is often good entertainment. Even an INTJ introvert like me will admit to that.

Our problem is that it is difficult to talk ourselves to get out of the house in this 115F (46C) temperature, drive several miles in crazy traffic to get to a restaurant. The fun in dining is often not enough to cancel out the hassle.

Perhaps that's why we enjoy eating out more when on vacation in large cities, where many restaurants are within walking distances from where we stay.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:53 PM   #48
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Agree sometimes it's a bit of a hassle. If we feel that way we just stay in. We like to people watch while sharing a bottle of wine. For us the ambiance of a restaurant and service is more important than the food really. Some great restaurants down here in Scottsdale/Phoenix. A little hot this time of year though.
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I really enjoy the people watching aspects down here in south Texas - which really is a whole 'nother country (Sometimes I think of this as the Republic of the Rio Grande, which lasted about 10 months in 1840, alongside the Republic of Texas, but was never recognized by anybody LOL!). The groups and families that go out to eat here are very interesting and fun to watch, and going out to eat en familia is a huge tradition here along the border, and sometimes involves some serious dressing up - at least among the ladies and children.

We only go out to eat really good food. Fortunately there are plenty of places around that serve really good food, even if not every type of food is available. It took a while to learn some of the area specialties, but no that we have figured them out, we thoroughly enjoy them!
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We rarely eat dinner out but eat lunch out 2-3 times a week. Many restaurants offer lunch specials on weekdays which usually keeps our expenses to under $60 a week.
Yeah, I do more eating out at lunch than at night. I voted once a week, but now that I think about it.......on average maybe 2 times a month. Just so happens I am meeting a buddy later after he finishes work. Kind of in the mood for a shrimp po-boy.
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About once a month, I also voted zero.
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This week, it was 2 lunches for me with buddies and 1 lunch for her same. Tonight we eat at our friends` house together.
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