Headed out to grab a bite for lunch today? Chances are, you’ll spend about $10, and eat out at least once more this week.
That’s according to a new survey from Visa, which found that Americans eat lunch out two times per week on average and spend an average of $18 a week on such outings.
Fleshed out over a year, that’s an average of $936 annually that Americans spend on going out to lunch, Visa found.
Women tend to be a bit less spendthrift when it comes to eating out for lunch, spending just under $15 per week. Men, on the other hand, spend an average of $21 a week on eating out for lunch — a whopping 44 percent more than women.
Men also eat out more often than women: two times a week versus 1.6 times.
Though the survey did not break down lunch by state, it did by region, and the South loves eating lunch out. Southerners eat out an average of twice a week at an average weekly spend of $20.
The West is right behind, averaging 1.8 lunch outings a week, followed by the Midwest (1.7 times a week) and the Northeast (1.5 times a week). Considering those folks in the Northeast spend the most on average when they go out for lunch ($11.40 an outing), it’s no wonder they brown bag it more than other parts of the country.
Visa also found that the younger you are, the more often you eat out for lunch each week. Millennials, those aged 18 to 34, eat lunch out an average of 2.3 times a week, followed closely by those Gen Xers (35-49) who lunch out 2.1 times a week.
Perhaps most troubling, the less money you make the more you spend on lunch, according to Visa’s survey. Those who earn less than $25,000 spend an average of $11.70 on lunch out. Americans who earn $50,000 to $74,900 a year spend the least when they eat out for lunch ($9.20).