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Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? #4624344
01/04/18 10:33 PM
01/04/18 10:33 PM
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Houston, Texas
motor_oil_madman Offline OP
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I usually aim to spend no more than $7-8 when I go out to eat. I can frequently spend less than this, so I've never really seen how going to the grocery store and spending 12-15 on a simple meal pays off other than if you eat left overs for 3 days which I can never do unless it's chili.


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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624348
01/04/18 10:34 PM
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motor_oil_madman Offline OP
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Opinions? Now if you have more than one person to feed I think it might make more sense.

Last edited by motor_oil_madman; 01/04/18 10:35 PM.

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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624349
01/04/18 10:35 PM
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You just aren't "Making" the right kind of "leftovers".

Try making stuff you'll eat later! grin

I always cook my own meals. I can't remember how long it's been since I "ate out".


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624370
01/04/18 11:06 PM
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Dude *smh*

It costs like a TOTAL of $2 to make spaghetti and that should last you at least two days.

Get filling soups like tomato, cream of potato etc.


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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: Linctex] #4624377
01/04/18 11:12 PM
01/04/18 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
You just aren't "Making" the right kind of "leftovers".

Try making stuff you'll eat later! grin

I always cook my own meals. I can't remember how long it's been since I "ate out".

Bingo Tango.

I'm still slicing on a roast I made three days ago. Some red wine, good bread, roast with zip sauce & horseradish cream sauce & a fresh baked potato.

Eating out is not only expensive, the prices have really gone out-of-sight. Learning to cook great food has indeed been a great investment. I eat very well cooking for myself.
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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624397
01/04/18 11:35 PM
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The half and half lasagna-ravoli tray at Costco gives me 4 meals, I think it was $15.99.

For less money, Aldi’s Journey to India Tikka Masala sauce is $2 and you get two meals (add your own chicken, and buy some bread to dunk).

Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624427
01/05/18 12:17 AM
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I eat out 5 or 6 times a week,tough to lose weight,have met alot of great people,always pay for any service men or women in uniform and their families.


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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624433
01/05/18 12:29 AM
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As others point out, one can do better than that, but I'm in much the same boat as you are. I'm not usually inclined to do a bunch of cooking for one, especially if I can get something out relatively cheap.

Even my mom said the same thing. She had no problem cooking for the family, but on days when she was in the city and we were at the farm or something, she wasn't too inclined to cook.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624444
01/05/18 12:51 AM
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When I was married.... *sigh*

My wife very seldom cooked, and didn't go shopping for groceries.

I either ate fast food on my way home from work, or made my own [very simple] meals when I got home.

I am so sick of fast food, and I ain't payin' no $8-$9 for a burger, fries, & coke.

I much prefer to make my own meals that actually taste good to me and that I enjoy.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624448
01/05/18 01:02 AM
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The story I could tell you about evicting a tenant that was a lead cook at the only restaurant I used to eat at. If you saw the apartment he was living in, or just the stove, kitchen, refrigerator, you would never eat out again. "Never"

"Do you really want someone touching your food"???


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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624450
01/05/18 01:12 AM
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I KNOW i could live on this "recipe". You mention that you can have Chilli as leftovers, and I agree. but this has lots of veg and fibre and stuff.

a couple of tablespoons reheated (in a pan, not microwave) on a slice of toast works great for breakfast. leftovers with rice nuked at work for lunch. And I could literally go 4-5 nights a week eating it.

(Oh, I really like it).

lb of decent ground beef. browned in oil (coconut best for flavour).
couple of decent sized onions, wilted in the browned mince.
1 tablespoon decent curry powder
1 packet of chicken noodle soup
2 tablespoons soy sauce.
2 big carrots, cut however you want them
Water, dry sherry, marsala, saki, chinese cooking wine or whatever takes your fancy, just to add a simmer liquid. Needs enough liquid that it's bubbling, not dry, but not wet.
half a pound of beans (long green things) cut into about 1.5" lengths
Couple of bell peppers sliced same size as the beans.

Then add half a head of shredded cabbage (red or white, chinese cabbage if you like, or a packet of kale).

Cook until the cabbage is cooked.

Serve over rice (we cook 2 lb at a time, cool in frodge over night to retrograde the starches, and freeze in ziplock bags).

Leftovers keep for 3-4 days. If they last that long.

Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624452
01/05/18 01:25 AM
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You can certainly eat for less if you are looking for the lowest possible cost to survive.

But the interesting question is if it can be cheaper to eat out rather than cook nice meals for one.

When I was single there was plenty of times where I spent more preparing something at home than I would have ordering it at a restaurant. A bundle of fresh cilantro when you only use a few leaves, a whole red pepper when you need 1/8, a package of fresh ginger, the half pint of heavy cream that is barely less expensive than the quart, etc. Or I could just order the fish, knowing that the cooking time had been already dialed in.

Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624481
01/05/18 04:53 AM
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You can eat healthier at home than by eating out. Don't just look at the cost of eating out compared to eating in. Factor in your medical co-payments as well.

Food wise, it may cost me more to eat healthy at home however, I am not at my doctor's office or in the cardiac ward at the hospital.

Have you ever seen the news segment(60 min, 20/20) where the mother/wife, only shops by using coupons and the grocery store actually owes her money at the end of her shopping bill?

She then shows the camera crew all of the shelves in her basement/garage filled with food(Pkg'd) & her fridge/freeze is filled with mostly processed food that she only used coupons for.

Most or all of that stuff, I wouldn't even let in my house. Her whole family is of the large size(I love large people) however, they're all heart attacks waiting to happen!


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Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: Char Baby] #4624485
01/05/18 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted By: Char Baby
You can eat healthier at home than by eating out. Don't just look at the cost of eating out compared to eating in. Factor in your medical co-payments as well.

Food wise, it may cost me more to eat healthy at home however, I am not at my doctor's office or in the cardiac ward at the hospital.


True, "expensive" food is cheap in the long run.

I can't recall who it was on here years ago who read the labels religiously, and then calculated the calories per $ to decide what brand went into the trolley.

Re: Cooking for 1 cheaper than going out? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4624520
01/05/18 06:06 AM
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Eating dinners in restaurants is both fattening and loaded with sodium. Plus nobody is mentioning the 15% tip added to any sit-down, normal dinner, plus the fuel consumed by our vehicles.


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