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FWIW, I was eating out for 99% of my meals when I made 38K/year and not living in NYC. My culinary tastes are pretty rudimentary where I regularly get by on spending $20-30 day or less in food.
Yea for everyone saying "but going out is so expensive!" yes, it's more expensive than cooking if you're efficient with your grocery shopping, but it's not like people who go out to eat all the time are eating at 4-5 star restaurants for every meal. Eating out for lunch and dinner is like $20-25 on average for me.
Sure, it's not expensive for one night. But if you're spending $150 a week eating out -- versus maybe $50 max at the grocery store per person per week -- it adds up over time. If you never cook for yourself, you're saying you spend about $8,000 a year eating out.
Babyboomers are BY FAR the most selfish, all about me generation in the history of the WORLD!!!!!
So do people also never just eat bowls of cereal or ramen noodles or tuna fish? I'd be willing to bet these same people who always eat out feel their knowledge is superb and are extra-needy in terms of how they like things, sending things back, etc, and don't have a clue how to make it. When I hear people say "I can't boil water" or "I'd fu*K up a mayonnaise sandwich" it drives me insane. But I grew up in a house where everyone cooked.
I could the richest person in the world with a personal chef and I'd still have nights where I eat Oodles of Noodles or Steak-Umms for dinner.
LOL WAT? When we are talking about cooking, we are not talking about putting cereal into a bowl or throwing something into the microwave.
Also, double LOL at thinking that cooking at home necessarily gives you a more sophisticated palate. One has little to do with the other. Nice attempt at stereotyping though.
I eat out a lot. I don't think I've ever sent anything back unless they gave me something completely different from what I ordered.
you're talking a delta of 5K a year and you're not preparing every meal you make for year (maybe you do but I'd imagine there is some dining out in a year). It's 5K for a year difference which isn't a small dollar amount but certainly not a show-stopper for pretty much anyone who has a fulltime job. As I said earlier, I did it when I was a recent grad making 38K/year (obviously a cheaper cost 15 years ago) and prob not the best financial method but wasn't prohibitive.
I can tell you I've never eaten any of those as a meal.
I've heated up instant oatmeal.
My go to quick meal is grabbing two slices from the pizza parlor around the corner from my apt.
My go-to quickie is grilled cheese. I can make a killer grilled cheese.
Also, people completely ignore the value one places of not having to shop/cook/clean as much. People should just realize that the cost/benefit analysis and values placed on cooking by others is completely different.
OMG eating out costs thousands more!! No shit, but what would give me more fun and be more relaxing:
(a) a few thousand more spent next year on a few day vacation to Hawaii or something; or
(b) not going grocery shopping dozens of times, not cooking dinner at home all the time, not having to clean as much, and having literally hundreds of extra hours a year extra to do whatever I wanted
People have no problem if someone spends money on (a). But spend money on (b) and its like OMG!! WORST GENERATION EVER AND UNFIT FOR THE REAL WORLD!1!
No, no. You missed my "also" in there, meaning do they also not eat those types of food at home....and I didn't say anything about people who cook having a more sophisticated "palate." I said it exactly the opposite, that those who don't cook 'think' they have a more sophisticated one, possibly.
Yeah I think people are really overrating the costs of eating out...I'm a student on like a $75/week food budget and I have about half my meals out. You can easily get meals that cost $5 or $6 dollars from DP Dough, Noodles, Chipotle or a bunch of other places that won't break the bank. Compared to the $3 or $4 dollars I spend per home cooked meal it is really not that much more. I think the biggest drawback to eating out is that it is generally much more unhealthy and that is probably the only reason I don't eat out more.
I'm in shock reading this thread. I do think it's a little different when you are eating out with a gf/fiance/wife then by yourself. Can't just be a blanket statement because it would be way more expensive to eat out with my fiance and me then do our weekly grocery shopping.
But cooking is awesome and I consider it almost as a hobby of mine. I'm also 24 so the whole young generation can't cook opinion isn't true for everyone. Plus the satisfaction you get from cooking something legit beats eating out anywhere and is usually much much healthier.
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I've said this for years on numerous threads. If you have any career ambition, you should be eating lunch out with co-workers, former co-workers, clients, or other contacts in your industry at least 2-3x per week. Lunch is a great way to network. You think you are saving a few duckets by eating a cold sandwich at your desk but costing you hundreds of thousands in earning potential
Nobody ever said they never eat a meal out. There's a pretty big area between packing lunch/making dinner every day and eating out every single meal. I don't pass up going out to lunches with coworkers. I started this thread because we just hired a kid who goes out to eat every meal because he doesn't know even the basics of cooking.
Work lunches are completely different and irrelevant. Eating out every lunch and dinner is ridiculous
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The cost isn't the $20-25. It's the future health costs.
You defer paying the health care costs now, so that you can get instant pleasure from eating out.
Sit down and try counting up all the hours you spend in a year shopping for groceries, preparing food and cooking meals, cleaning, etc. That's literally hundreds of hours per year. And I spend that time doing something I find more fun than grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning.
how would you know
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
Grocery shopping does not take long, shit you can order online from some place like Fresh Direct nowadays. Basic cooking does not take long either. You can easily cook something eat it and clean up in the amount of time it would take you to travel somewhere, eat and travel home. It's not like you are unable to do anything else while cooking. Most people watch tv, or like strO said listen to music or a podcast. When you are in a restaurant waiting for your meal to be brought out what exactly can you do? When you are home with dinner sitting in the oven or pot you can do whatever you need to do.
And people have already brought up cooking multiple meals at once, say on the weekend, plus having plenty of leftovers in the fridge/freezer for other meals.
I mean if you overeat or always order unhealthy stuff sure.
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