Beyond cooking at home, dining out has become a major part of American life. What started with the Michelin Guide has now grown into a full-blown industry. You can now count on James Beard and Zagat to tell you where to eat.
Americans are spending more money on restaurant visits and dining out than ever before. Americans dine out on average 5.9 times a week. The average American family spends $3,365 on food away from home.
The shift toward eating out is part of a long-term trend. According to the consumer price index, 20 years ago families were spending approximately 10% of their income on groceries and about 5.5% on eating out.
These days the spending gap between the two has decreased considerably. Americans spend 7.2% of their budget on groceries and 6% on eating out.The pros and cons of eating at home versus eating out are often debated. Here are some to consider.
In order to make up for the cost of actually running a restaurant, the cost of goods is marked-up. You’re paying for time at the table, for someone to prepare the food for you and for someone else to do the dishes.
You are the master of your meal. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies to worry about, you’ll be in complete control when you cook at home.
Research has shown time and time again that cooking at home leads to healthier choices.