TORONTO - A new survey suggests more than half of Canadians head to a restaurant for lunch at least once a week — a habit that's costing many Canucks some serious dough.
The poll by Visa Canada suggests that while eating out might be convenient, the price tag attached to that "gourmet" sandwich is not so appealing.
The survey suggests the majority of the 60 per cent of Canadians who eat out once a week spend between $7 and $13 on their meal.
It also suggests the average Canadian who opts to buy a lunch spends about $8.80 on the meal — and Ontarians appear to eat out the most often, with 20 per cent hitting up restaurants three or more days per week.
The poll suggests those who never take the time to pack a lunch could likely spend about $45 on take-out lunches per week, or $2,340 per year if they get take-out every day.
Quebecers seem to make a habit of packing their own lunch more than anyone else, with the survey suggesting half brown bag it every day.