Maybe You Should Brown Bag It! Americans Spend Almost $1,000 A Year Eating Lunch Out

September 30, 2013  |  

Do you brown bag it? Or do you find yourself buying lunch daily? If you are in the latter group, then you are among those who spend $936 per year on lunch, according to a  new survey by Visa. Yikes! That’s nearly $1,000 annually on lunches out.

Most Americans are going out to lunch twice a week and spending roughly $18 weekly. And men outspent women by 44 percent; women typically spending $15 while men spending $21 per week.

“Incredibly, 1% of the 1,005 respondents said they spend more than $50 on lunch, which easily adds up to $5,000 a year if they’re eating out twice a week. Thirty percent said they didn’t go out for lunch at all,” reports Business Insider.

Even those who can’t afford to eat out do — and spend more money. Respondents who make less than $25,000 per year spent more per meal, at $11.70, than those in any other income bracket. But those earning more than $50,000 annually spent an average of $9.60 per meal, a difference of 22 percent.

Also, how much you spend depends on where you live. “Southerners lead the regions of the country in spending per week. The average Southerner eats out twice per week, spending $10 each time for an average of $20 per week,” reports Business Insider.

Northeasterners, on the other hand, ate lunches out the least often but spent the most when they did. In this region, respondents only ate out 1.5 times a week but spent 14 percent more per meal than the national average at $11.40 for a weekly total of $17.10. We’re New Yorkers, so we know that spending $8 on lunch is pretty average.

Do you brown bag it?

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