Is eating out cheaper than cooking?
Also question is, how much does the average meal cost?
The average commercially-prepared meal costs around $13. Even if you rarely spend this much money at one time when you eat out, consider frequency. Two meals for $6.50 will add up to the same price. By contrast, the average meal prepared at home costs around $4 for groceries – a $9 savings per person per meal.
Likewise, why is eating out so expensive? Eating out at full-service restaurants is getting more expensive. Experts point to restaurants' increased expenses – like labor, rent and insurance – as the reason they're charging customers more. Some patrons have begun to cut back on how often they dine out.
Also question is, is cooking at home better than eating out?
Because food prepared at home is healthier. We eat fewer calories when we cook at home. And when restaurant dishes and home cooked meals are compared on a per-calorie basis, home cooked meals are healthier. The shift in eating away from home therefore also means a shift in the consumption of more unhealthy foods.
What is a good price per meal?
The average American person – man, woman, or child – spends just below $3 per meal on food, assuming three meals per day for food consumption. If the average family can lower that cost to $1 per meal, that's literally hundreds of dollars a month in savings.