Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cut You’re Food Budget Eat Out Tonight

If you thinking of going out for dinner tonight? You might just be saving yourself some money if you do.
In a new study by that look at the cost of food found that “with rising food costs, the low prices of 
fast food value menus and special offers from restaurants makes it cheaper to eat out than to cook at home.”  Consumers like ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat bundled meal options, eating out is a very simple way to get them.

The United States Department of Agriculture finds that cost of feeding a family of four has risen from $601.50 in February 2003 to $830.30 in February 2013 that is a 38 percent increase in ten years.

It’s not just Fast Food Restaurants that can save you money “When comparing the cost of a 10 oz. rib-eye dinner (with soup, salad and asparagus) from Outback Steakhouse with that of the homemade version, Outback was $2.53 cheaper,” found GoBankingRates expert contributor, Stacey Bumpus. “And comparing seafood Alfredo (with unlimited salad and breadsticks) at Olive Garden to making it at home, Olive Garden was $3.79 cheaper.”

Times have changed from when many of you were growing up, I like most of you was taught to prepare food at home because it was the cheaper alternative to eating out.

Today however Bumpus  says “A few decades later, however, it appears that parents are no longer saving money by cooking at home,”… “With fast food restaurants continuously adding value menus and 
grocery costs rising, dining out for many families has become the financial preference.”  An one at which a family can save money as well.

Ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared meals that are homecooked meals can be more nutritious and healthful than the items you'll find on a dollar menu but eating out can save you time and, apparently, money too including from Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse.

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