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What's considered average or regular when in comes to dining out?

A recent friend of mine said I go out to eat TOO often. Sadly, I only noticed that fact when they pointed it out to me. They said it made me look snobby, and it was an attempt to put me in a different social class. To a degree, I do agree, but eating out is just normal for me, I guess.
I have a small kitchen and live alone. - Plus a majority of these dinners and outing turn out to part business related expenditures . Is dining out more than 5 times a week considered normal? How often do you dine out with friends or with business partners?

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  1. what do you care about what others say?

    you're single. go for it. now, if you're trying to save money....eating out so much is just wasteful.

    1. I think you need a new friend. Sounds like they are jealous.

      We dine out 3-4 times a week and often get takeout on other nights and eat lunch out most days. I make no apologies for it.

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      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        "jealous" is spot on! >>>made me look snobby, and it was an attempt to put me in a different social class<<<

        yep, its the green eyed monster! http://www.treklens.com/gallery/Ocean...

      2. We dine out perhaps 3 or 4 times a month. FWIW, no other friends or family do it that often.

        I'm never happy describing things as "normal" or "average" - as the first word is subjective and the second mathematical. But, for the fun of it, let me go along with the OP's usage. It is "normal" for me to eat out, say, 4 times a month. In that time, it is "normal" for juanish to eat out 20 times. The average for us would be 12 times.

        1. If you enjoy it and it is not putting a financial strain on you, then however many times you chose to eat dinner out per week is "normal" for you.

          1. funny, i would have thought you ate out that much because it made you happy, not because it elevated your social status