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Home cooked meals

December 11th, 2011 at 02:47 pm

I'm not going to lie, I love eating out, but I limit it to maybe once a week. Eating out is super expensive, although we usually choose to enjoy a good meal at our local pizzeria. We get the most bang for our money and we save on the tip. Lately, I've been calculating how much each dinner meals costs us and I was especially amazed today. I made a large lasagna today (meat,cheddar/mozzarella and ricotta cheese) and the cost was about $9. What's even more amazing is that we still have half of the lasagna leftover for another day. Needless to say, the real cost of today's dinner was about $5. The lasagna was delicious, made with love and care and inexpensive.

P.S. I was happy to use my Christmas dinnerware for the first time today!

4 Responses to “Home cooked meals”

  1. DeniseNTexas Says:

    It's definitely cheaper to eat most meals at home. I go out to eat once in awhile but really keep it down to a dull roar. I find it interesting that you made lasagna for that little since in my area, a small to medium container of ricotta is close to $6!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Wow--really? $6 for ricotta? I know I live in Cheeseland, but you can always get a pound of ricotta here for under $3.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    Ricotta cheese for a small container is $1.99 here!
    The cheeses took more than half of the $9. I got Barilla lasagna pasta for a $1 (on sale) and the sauce for under a $1 as well. I get the mozarella and cheddar cheese in huge bags at Costco. I divide the cheeses 8 oz. bags.

  4. EarlyRetirementJoy Says:

    Once you make the connection between how much value preparing food at home delivers compared to eating out it kind of takes a good chunk of the fun out of it . . . at least for me it did. Now I can't help looking at the meal vs the price and thinking "are they stinkin' kidding me?"

    And markups on wine? Something like 300 - 400% where I live. At a company holiday party last week my husband saw the bartender pour Charles Shaw wine into a glass and charge $6.50. Seriously . . . $6.50 for .50 cents worth of a $1.99 bottle of wine. We now drink our wine at home before we go out, when we go out. And then again when we get home sometimes too :-)

    When we do go out, I try to locate a Groupon offer to help make the evening more financially palatable.

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