Midwesterners most frugal when it comes to eating lunch out

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 am

Midwesterners have the most frugal habits when it comes to eating out for lunch, a new Visa survey has found.

On average Midwesterners went out for lunch 1.7 times a week and spent $8.90 per meal, for an average cost of $15.13 a week. That was less than people in other regions, but still works out to $787 a year on restaurant lunches.

A Visa financial education official said the cost can add up and diners should consider the impact on their annual spending.

“Simple choices have a large impact on your wallet,” Nat Sillin said. “Don’t blow your budget on burgers and fries.”

Men outspent women at lunch by 44 percent and were also more likely to eat lunch out. Of those dining out, women spent just under $15 per week and men spent about $21, Visa’s phone survey found.

Thirty percent of respondents said that they didn’t buy lunch out at all, while 1 percent of people spend more than $50 per lunch and close to $5,000 a year.

The survey had no data on those of us who dutifully pack a lunch, only to spend our money on daily coffee runs, as we in the Money section seem to do.

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