How Much Money Are You Wasting Ordering Out?

January 21, 2019

© Monika Wisniewska |

Are you one of those people that are always eating out or ordering food instead of cooking at home? I know I am. If you are a horrible cook, I get it because you could never make the caliber of food you can order or get out at a restaurant. But if you can cook as well as I can, there's no excuse. Although, I guess I can use the busy card because I work full time and also go to school full time for my Master's degree. 

But that's what the crock pot is for, right? I can set it and forget it while I am at work and doing school stuff. 

If you are like me and are continually ordering food in or grabbing something to-go, you're wasting a ton of money. According to data from Priceonomics customer wellio, it's five times more expensive to order food from a restaurant rather than cooking at home. Yikes! That's a significant difference. I get it. We have busy schedules with working more extended hours at work and having to take the kids to all these activities so sometimes ordering food from a restaurant or using one of the many food delivery APPs just makes more sense. 

Now there are also those meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh that send you all the ingredients to make a full meal with step by step instructions that anyone could follow. The study did find that you do save some money using these services versus ordering from a restaurant, but you are still shelling out three times as much as you would to just buy your ingredients and cook at home. 

My biggest issue is that I grocery shop with a plan to cook certain things and then something comes up and the food gets wasted. I also don't see the point in preparing an entire meal for one person when my boyfriend is not over at my place. I eat so little that it's wasteful to cook. Plus, I am not a huge fan of leftovers. 

There are a lot of benefits to cooking your meals at home. The biggest is you control what goes into the food so you can make them with less sodium, carbs, fats, etc.