Ever since I moved to my new apartment, I’ve cooked almost every night. Well, not every night–but when we’re not cooking, we’re eating leftovers. When we’re not eating leftovers, we’re at my (soon to be) in-law’s home or out of town.
Last night (Valentine’s Day) was the first time in almost two months that we actually went out to eat. We went to an average local restaurant (aka: no V-day hoopla), and spent a total of $30. Not bad for two people who also ordered margaritas and tipped 20%.
As we were leaving I found myself thinking of all the meals I could make with $30 and I realized how much we save by eating in. I feel like I spend a lot on groceries now, but it’s for two and my dining budget has pretty much disappeared except for the occasional quick pick-up place. It will be interesting to see what our joint budget will be after we get married, but for now, it’s saving us a lot of money.
And the good part is, I really enjoy cooking! It’s been so nice to experiment on different recipes and create new meals together. (I will share some of these recipes soon!) I love going out to eat and finding cute, adorable restaurants, but it’s so nice to eat at home so much that it feels special when we do go to a sit-down restaurant.
What about you? Is eating in greater than eating out? How often do you dine at restaurants? Is it a treat when you go out to eat?