You can go to these wide open places in strip centers, purchase raw meat, take it home and cook it. They're called grocery stores. Buying meals at a grocery store can save you up to 80%! Yes, you can fix meals at home for 20% of what it wouid cost you to dine out.
Take chicken. If you go to a warehouse club, such as Sam's, you'll pay about $2.00 a pound for skinned and boned chicken breasts. They're ready to put in the broiler. You can't eat a pound, you'll probaly eat a half-pound, which will cost you $1.00. I know, you're buying about six pounds when you purchase chicken breasts at Sam's, you just freeze the rest until you're ready to eat them. I prepare two or three at once, and only have to cook once for dinner the entire week. I like that. Oh, with spices and veggies and the electricity or the grill to cook the chicken, let's add in another $1.00, which is very generous for those items, making us up to a whopping $2.00.
Now let's say instead you go to Chili's and order the guiltless chicken, or whatever they're currently calling it. It's about $7.00, we're not going to order a drink because it's cheaper not to, and we didn't include it in the home version above; when you add tax and tip, you've shelled out about $10.00.
Didn't I tell you? You can save $8.00 or 80% by cooking at home. Think about this if you did this every night. Yes, we need to go out occasionally, but not every night. Yes, I realize the restaurant is procuring, preparing, delivering and cleaning up for you, but is it worth $8.00? Multiply the $8.00 by the number of people sitting at the table. What could you do with all that money?
I would like to hear from you; how many times a week do you go out for dinner? Do you think you could stay at home more often?