The Margin: ‘I love cooking, but I haven’t done it much recently’: Tech professional spends $1,000 a week dining out


And you thought you blew too much money dining out.

A Bon Appétit story about a 27-year-old tech professional who spends around $1,000 per week eating in restaurants has sparked quite the social-media frenzy. Commenters have criticized the restaurant budget as being overly excessive, but as one also noted, “Mixture of emotions here, but envy is certainly of them.”

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In the story, the tech professional, who is based in Washington, D.C., but not identified by name, shares that her annual salary is $225,000 and that she has $400,000 in savings. In other words, she is someone who would generally be considered in a comfortable position for her age and can afford to dine out regularly.

And dine out regularly she does. “I love cooking, but I haven’t done it much recently. Packed work days don’t leave much time to eat, let alone cook,” she told Bon Appétit.

Her recent meals and food-and-drink items ranged from a $459.54 spread for two at a high-end Japanese restaurant (she paid for herself and her boyfriend) to a $13.33 to-go breakfast from a bakery, consisting of a pistachio croissant (“my usual”) and a matcha rhubarb sparkling lemonade (“my favorite summer drink”).

And the tech professional’s budget for groceries? A mere $36 a week.

On social media, many have had a field day critiquing the professional’s pricey lifestyle and dining habits. To say nothing of the fact she still lets her parents pick up her cellphone bill.

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One commenter did, however, note all this spending might be just what some restaurants need to stay afloat:

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While most Americans obviously don’t spend $1,000 per week on restaurants, they do still dine out regularly. A pre-pandemic survey found that those in the 25-34 age bracket spent $95 per week on dining and takeout. The same survey noted that dining has become about much more than food — that is, respondents cited socializing with friends and family as their top reason for eating in restaurants.


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