This is something that every working person has a hard time dealing with: the struggle of eating out or eating in.
The problem is not always about the chore of cooking, sometimes it is due to finances and family, what is the best option or my wallet?
Or, what is the best option for my family?
These can be hard questions to put too much thought into when you have an empty stomach ringing in your ears.
Luckily, that is why we are here to help!
So, one thing to break down is the price of eating on a budget when you go out for dinner.
Let us just say that you decided to really low ball your budget down to eating at McDonald’s and everyone had to pick something off of the dollar menu, you are a family of four and your yearly cost of food for everyone would be around six-thousand dollars.
This is three meals a day, every single day for three hundred and sixty five days.
Yes, that might sound like an amazing number to some people and to others, it might remind them of their horrible days of eating nothing but, ramen noodle in college.
Either way, that is the low end of the spectrum.
Now, let us take a look at eating at home every day, all three meals a day for a whole year.
It averages, for a family of four, around thirty-six thousand dollars a year.
Yes, that is a lot of money to be spent on food but, think about it this way.
So, most people would not go to McDonalds but, still at a nicer restaurant, the average yearly amount for the same items as the last two, would range about fifty thousand dollars a year.
Not only would eating out cost you more money in the short time but, it has also been shown that daily consumption of none home cooked meals, cause a whole list of health problems.
So, with that being said, you are not only doing your present self a favor now by eating at home but, your future self and your family will thank you.
By eating at home, you will be able to control portions, which means less food wasted and you can also have another meal out of what you do not use.
If you are extremely busy, like everyone is, here is a great tip on how to save food, money, and time.
If you have a large family to fed and have no time to cook or maybe, you are just so tired when you finally get home that all you want to do is jump into your sleep wear and call chinese.
Either way, this is an idea that is going to become your best friend.
On your off days, choose one big meal a day to cook in large portions.
That can serve as one of the meals for one of your off days, then whatever is left, freeze it into family size portions that fit your personal needs, stick it in the freezer with an outside indicator of what is inside.
Then, when you come home from work all you have to do is pop it in the microwave and then whip up whatever sides you want to have with your meal.
None of it will ever take longer than fifteen minutes to make you a home cooked, fresh, cheap, and healthy dinner option.
Plus, it is so easy, your kids can even prepare it themselves!