Sharing meals in your home or out on the town isn’t just about eating; it’s also an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. But whether you are a frugal home cook or a foodie who frequents the trendiest eateries, your dining habits can impact your finances.
U.S. consumers spend about 13% of their incomes on food.1 Everybody needs to eat, of course, but the amount each person spends on groceries and restaurant meals is somewhat discretionary.
Modern conveniences. Grocery delivery services and meal prep kits are shortcuts that help save valuable time and make it easier for busy families to put home-cooked meals on the table. Grocery shoppers can also find an expanding variety of affordable prepared (or semi-prepared) foods at the store, including staples such as roasted chickens, pre-chopped veggies, and fresh-baked breads.
Coping with costs. A restaurant meal has always been a splurge, historically costing about three times more than a home-cooked meal.5 But the price of a restaurant meal has been rising much faster than the price of a home-cooked meal over the last several years, which may be inspiring more people to learn their way around a kitchen.6
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