“Eating out.” Why?

Any reason for “Eating Out?”

We have a few theories about the whole concept of “eating out.” They vary widely. But strangely have a similar common denominator. Can you figure out what it is?

One of the most cited reasons for eating out or “ordering takeout” is usually “I don’t have time,” or “we are too busy to cook…”

Here’s an interesting statistic:

So…

When people say they don’t have the time or are “too busy,” that is kind of a bullshit statement, isn’t it? They’re in fact, just “too busy” “wasting time” with passive, narcissistic activities.

It is plainly THEIR FAULT for “not having time…”

eating out no time to cook at home

Like the Staples “Easy” button, always the path with least effort

Here’s another ironic aspect. So many people “eat out,” yet they have the nerve to complain about “sustainability” and “eco-friendly” crap. But those 35 hours a week they rot away in front of an idiot-inducing, power-plant-consuming screen is of no concern? How does that help the so-called “eco-system?” Can anyone clue me in?

The hypocrisy running rampant throughout our dumbed-down society is almost a national emergency.

Shut off your narcissistic self-enjoyment and take care of yourself

I’d love to have 35 extra hours per week. I’d probably use them to catch up on sleep, but that’s just me.

home cooking instead of eating outOtherwise – think about yourself or others you know who are “hooked” by this “ministry of disinformation and entertainment…”

To cook at home (with great ingredients that cost profoundly less than eating out) is a no-fricken-brainer.

The meatballs I cook at home (gluten-free in case you were wondering) are the BEST! Usually 20-24 meatballs per batch, and a total net cost of around $8. Lasts 2-3 days.

I make massive salads too. Do a huge batch.. once again good for up to 3 days. Cost? Also around $8.

For under $20, we’ve fed ourselves for at least two, sometimes three days. And that’s lunch and dinner. (Breakfast is another story – usually pre-grilled bacon or previously boiled eggs).

Ordering takeout for three days (six meals for two people) is EASILY $200. All while you were able to “enjoy” whatever digital entertainment you NEEDED.

Great, until you learn the value of money over mind-numbing trivialities.

But it’s ultimately up to you.

EXTRA CREDIT: How did “eating out” become so popular?

We eat 99% of our food prepared at home. What is your percentage?

friends eating at a restaurant - "Eating out." Why?You know, while “TPTB” touted eating low-fat, and more grains – almost ALL commercial food establishments peddled stuff that was HIGH CARB and HIGH FAT (at the same time). People loved it. And they still do, as far as I can see. Why?

Because carbs are addictive. Add the tasty fats to the mix – and you have a permanent customer (i.e., bacon cheeseburger on a 100g carb ciabatta bun). Keeps the medical industry in business BIG TIME!

People like to say “well, eating out saves me “the trouble” of cleaning up!” Yes, that is true. You pay a LOT more to eat out, so others can serve you, and you have pretty much nothing left to do but waddle home in your own self-imposed misery. Voluntarily.

Other than the obvious – how did eating out become such a part of our history?

Is it the experience? I don’t think so – because just eating at a table is no different than eating at home. They just hyped it differently.

Is it the taste? Maybe. Most independent restaurants cook great. Think Augustino’s in Hoboken. Best Veal Parm out there. But it’s like $30, when I can make it myself for under $10. And better. To my liking.

Add in wine, plus tips, you’re probably up to $100 for what you could have had for $20 at home. But that “experience” was worth $80, right?

So what is it about “eating out” that gets most of you wrapped up? Culture? Repetition? Complacency?

Something that everyone should think about in the new year…

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We ate out all the time just a few years ago but had a similar revelation. It happened after we had some kind of financial software program that grouped our purchases by category. And when we saw the annual totals for eating out compared to what we were spending at supermarkets we shook our heads in disbelief.

Eating at home instead of eating out has saved us thousands of dollars.

Do we miss the scene of a bar or restaurant? Sometimes. But it is a viable tradeoff to make. I prefer having the extra cash for other necessities. I think we eat out less than two times per year. Not missing it. We do not feel relieved if we go to a restaurant.

This does not include family events where we are just invitees.

The same logic can be applied to other aspects of your life as well. Workouts were the next logical step, also saving significant sums of money.