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Eating In v. Eating Out

October 5th, 2011 at 05:15 pm

Been awhile since I've posted...work has kept me busy and I've been cooking a lot of stuff on weekends so it is prepared for week night dinners.

A couple we know eat out at least once a day. They are always on the look out for coupons and use them. It's interesting because they are eating things even they say are unhealthy because they feel they are saving money.

I know we spend quite a bit on groceries for just the two of us. But, we buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and I figure in the long run, I'm probably saving money by not having as many health issues.

The other night I was so tired my husband felt sorry for me and said let's just go out. I am irrational at this point due to exhaustion, but I said "No!" He looked at me and I said I had stuff in the fridge and it wouldn't take any longer to fix it than it would to get in the car, drive somewhere, place an order, wait for it, and then have it placed in front of us. So, we stayed home and I cooked.

I really should keep track of how much we save because it might make feel better on those nights when I'm so tired. I know some of the blogsters are doing challenges where they don't eat out for so many days.

Other than saving money, I also think we eat healthier at home as well as use fewer resources such as gas to drive there. But, on the other hand, by not buying things are we hurting the economy.

So, which is best...eating in or eating out?

6 Responses to “Eating In v. Eating Out”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think eating in is best, but I am a better cook than most mid-level restaurants' chefs and we all prefer my homecooking to eating out, plus find it much healthier. As for the economy, the only economy I worry about is my household one.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    LuckyRobin, I'm beginning to think cooking has become a thing of the past, unfortunately. So many people we know all they know is to eat out. Of our circle of friends, only one person cooks regularly.

    Did you take culinary training or did you get good by practicing?

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    My mother taught me to cook when I was eleven, at least all the basics. When I was fourteen I started getting cookbooks from the library to expand my knowledge base. When I met my DH I started experimenting with the foods he liked, Mexican, Chinese, Italian. I still to this day cook at least one new recipe a month. 30 years of practice are hard to beat (plus I worked as a cook in a restaurant from age 19 to age 25. (One day after the kids are grown, I want to go into the culinary program at our local technical college, just to learn more techniques, not for job training).

  4. rob62521 Says:

    That's super, LuckyRobin! I like your idea of trying a new recipe every month. Any experience with watercress other than in salads?

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    I agree with Robin! The only economy I worry about is my household one!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Watercress in soups works fairly well. I've made this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Watercress-Pota... and found it quite tasty. You can google for watercress soup recipes. There are a surprising amount.

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