Cooking at home is one of the best ways to save money and save the environment! It is much cheaper to buy the ingredients and not have to pay for the service and atmosphere. The price of a good salmon entree at a restaurant ends up being around $25 after tax and tip. Even more if it is a fancy restaurant. When you buy food at the grocery store, you don’t even have to pay the tax on food! My hubby and I save oodles of money by trying our hardest to not eat out. The two of us actually love eating out though and trying new food. When we first started going out we found ourselves trying restaurants with a hefty bill of $100 a person. Not so good on our wallets. Since then, we’ve cut it down to once, or sometimes twice a week of eating out. Our days of dining at $100 a person places have also ended, wanting to buy our own house and saving up for the eventuality of kids has definitely ended that.
You do not have to drive anywhere and if you have leftovers, then no styrofoam or plastic for you! This can definitely save a lot of gas depending on how far you would go to eat. Plus, if you really want to delve into it, it is easier to know where your food is coming from if you cook it yourself. You can shop at markets that sell produce from local farmers, thus ensuring that your food didn’t have to travel far in order to get to you!
Of course, being able to cook decently well is a strong requirement as no one would be cooking at home if they did not like to eat their own food. My hubby and I both happen to have decent cooking skills. Usually I end up cooking on weekdays since I have a more flexible schedule, he tries to make up for it by cooking on the weekends. A hubby that can cook well, is in my view, one very sexy husband. Our very first date he hooked me by cooking me salmon with asparagus.
Let’s break this down in monetary terms.
Estimated cost of eating a salmon entree at a restaurant – $25-$30 after tax and tip
Cost of cooking it at home (on sale $5.99 a lb salmon, let’s say $1 for rice) – $6.99 for two
Win win! There are so many benefits to cooking at home versus going out to eat! I do enjoy going out though, so I’m not going to cut it out entirely, but I really don’t have to go every single day. Do not forget the fact that eating at home is also usually much healthier than eating out. You know exactly what you put in your food, whereas the restaurant can put whatever they like (butter overload???).
How often do you cook at home versus going out to eat?