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Survey: How many meals do you eat out or take out in a week?

Yep, I am curious how often do you eat out or take out from restaurants on an average week. To clarify the few definitions in hoping to keep the answers consistent:

We will be counting the numbers of meals, not numbers of days. If I were to eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, that will be counted as 21 times, not 7 times.

Getting a Big Mac for lunch counts as a take out, getting a donut and coffee for breakfast from Dunkin Donut counts as a take out, buying foods from the company caffertia counts as a eat out, but buying frozen meals from Lean Cuisine does not, pouring milk into a bowl of cereal does not.

I know, I know, it gets a bit confusing because many options appear to be in the gray area, but we need to draw the line somewhere, right? So please answer as best as you can in term of how often you eat restaurant foods. Thanks.

A) 0-2 meals a week
B) 3-5 meals
C) 6-11 meals
D) >11 meals

My answer is (B). On an average week, I eat out about 1 times (sometime 2 times), and do 1 take out from restaurants. However, I often split my single takeout into 2-3 meals, so my answer is closer to 3-4. Thanks.

P.S.: I mean your current lifestyle (think of your last 6 months to last year), not 5 or 20 years ago -- just to be clear.

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  1. I'd have to say A. There is the occasional work week when I have a couple of work lunches at restaurants, so that might occasionally push me up to B. Or for example, when I travel for work (e.g. when I am out of the country for a week or two), I am closer to D. But in a normal week when I am working in town, then A. (There are some weeks when the answer is zero.)

    I love to eat out and take out, but my husband does a lot of cooking, so we default to A.

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    1. re: Cachetes

      :) Thanks. You got my point. On occasional travel, I definitely eat out 100%, but I don't travel very often. Thanks for your answer. I used to be more like (A), but I actually force myself to eat out more just to get better idea of restaurant cookings.

    2. I shoot for eating out once every other week. Sometimes the convenience factor of moving around gets me once more. So A.

      1. A)

        On a tight budget now, but still when my fiancee and I have the same day off we will generally eat 1 lunch out as its cheaper, sometimes we will eat out at dinner instead though.

        1. Until the new year a D, but have resolved to cook more of my meals myself, so I'm moving to a B, last week an A.

          In an ideal world I'd like to eat about 6 meals a week at home.

          If I buy some pastries at the market and bring them home I take it this would count as a home meal, but if I drive-thru Mc Donalds and get an egg McMuffin and bring it home, that is a meal out?

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          1. re: KaimukiMan

            <If I buy some pastries at the market and bring them home I take it this would count as a home meal, but if I drive-thru Mc Donalds and get an egg McMuffin and bring it home, that is a meal out?>

            I know. There is inconsistency here, and I realize it early on. So I am thinking more about "eating from restaurants vs everything else". But I totally understand where you are coming. I was going to do a poll on "Home cook meals vs others". The problem is that then we get into: What if I buy some prepared foods and mixed with some home cook foods. You know say, open a can of turnup green (prepared food) and mixed in home cook pork. Or is pouring milk into a bowl of cereal or pouring hot water into a cup of instant noodle. It just get too complicated for my mind. :P

            I know it won't be accurate in some cases, but I hope the "general" trend will have some meanings. Thanks.