Even though a national publication reports it can actually be cheaper to eat out rather than cooking a meal at home, Houston food writer Jodie Eisenhardt says you need to strike a balance.
“Well, I eat out fairly often,” Eisenhardt says, “but I also cook a lot, too.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the cost of feeding a family of four has increased 38 percent over the last 10 years. That means taking that same family out to a restaurant offering specials on some servings can make money sense.
It’s not that simple.
“The additives and the preservatives and the high fat and high calorie content that a restaurant is going to offer versus the way you would prepare a meal at home” are what Eisenhardt is talking about when she calls for balance.
She says if it is just about getting a cheap meal, you could do enough damage to your health that the cheap restaurant meal isn’t a bargain.