Day 155: U.S. food spending by city

7 06 2010

One of my worst habits that keeps me from losing weight, is my addiction to dining out. Actually, that makes it sound like I have no control over it, but really I’m just stubborn. I don’t particularly enjoy cooking (although I’m not sure why), so most of our dinners consist of eating at various local restaurants. And there are a LOT of good restaurants in Louisville!

Consumerist.com recently had a post about how much money is spent on food in various cities (dining out versus groceries). According to the list, compiled by a company called Bundle, Louisville ranks about 2/3 down the list: $5952 is spent each year on food and drink combined ($2692 on dining out, $3260 spent on groceries). Bundle’s methodology is explained here. A couple interesting highlights from the study:

— Austin, TX, residents spend almost twice ($6,301) the US annual average for dining out.
— Five average Detroit households (the nation’s lowest spenders) can eat on one Austinite’s food budget.

Bundle’s website also includes an interactive database (with nice graphics) on general household spending by U.S. city. It’s interesting to see how the various cities compare.

How does your city rank?

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie = 385 cal.

Lunch:
— Grilled cheese on whole wheat = 431
— Potato chips (about 1/2 cup) = 60
— Iced tea = 0

Dinner:
— Lean Cuisine fettucini alfredo = 330

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream cup = 120

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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