We didn't waste food and very little went to the compost also. We looked back and realized that we went from Dec 24th until today eating mostly from the pantry.
Out of 5 weeks we ate out 4 times and I count the time I bought Chinese out of the freezer section as eating out since I normally make my own.
That's an average of once a week....
We ate once at Bob Evans as I had a coupon from them .Saved $9.47
We ate once at Perkins as I had a coupon from them for my bday .Saved $8.56
We bought take out at Davis meats (smoked rib lunch) that actually fed us 2 days.
We bought Al's pizza with a chef salad (and then I listened to my son lecture me about buying fast food that I can make at home) with the excuse we leaving the grocery store and very hungry and Hubby was going to already be 2 hrs late getting to bed so he could get his sleep in to go to work. That excuse didn't work with son HA HA.
I bought the Chinese at of the freezer section at store because I got sick while in the store and knew I wouldn't be cooking and I can eat Chinese when I am sick...
Two of the times we wouldn't have ate out if I hadn't had the coupons...
We were able to stock the staples back up because I wasn't buying much food beside perishables.
PLUS we were able to stock a lot of non-food up since "Food" money wasn't being used.
I also did a lot of use left overs for second and third round dishes that stretched the pantry...not that my pantry needs to stretch as I maintain a pantry to feed us at least a year if not pushing 18 months.