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  1. Sophie says

    We never really do takeout. We used to get pizza once a week but we don’t do that anymore. We eat out at a restaurant once a week, generally. I like to cook!

  2. this is a question I struggled with when I first entered my twenties. I ate out…A LOT. and it caught up with me in terms of my finances. I should not have been eating out so much. hehe. But when I put myself on a budget, that also meant I had to truly learn to cook. Now, having gone through MANY trials and errors, I know how to cook better (though definitely not a pro) and I understand flavors a lot more. I actually love to cook now and even though my husband and I eat out once a week, we see it as a treat and a splurge.
    It’s definitely a challenge coming home after a work day and mustering the energy to cook but as I mentioned, once I went through my trials/errors, the amount of time it takes has been perfected as well so I don’t spend the same time I did when I first started out. =)

  3. Rachel says

    People, especially my roommates think I’m crazy as because of the way I was brought up I can’t stand processed or ready food so I cook every single meal for myself. When I was living in London while I could enjoy homemade freezer meals I made for myself and not having to cook some evenings in my area there was not really an option of having restaurant quality take out meal so some evenings I did feel really tired and not wanting to cook, though I had to if I wanted to eat. Since moving to Los Angeles while I do cook all the meals I don’t eat out in restaurants myself I do have take-out for dinner at least once a week as it just lets some of the pressure off!

  4. Josie says

    I eat out too much… but I am slowly making the transition into cooking more

  5. Rob says

    Sometimes I’m lazy and end up ordering in for almost every night of the work week. I try, however, when I’m being good, to do what bodybuilders do. They take a Sunday afternoon, after having bought in bulk (saving even more money), and cook all their meals for the week (you can do this for the month if you freeze them, frozen chicken will save for 5-6 months!). Bodybuilders need to do that because they eat 5-6 meals a day, and stoppping to cook that many times a day would be a total nightmare. It makes portion control easy because you can divide up in perfect segments what you made and put each in a little tupperware container and store in your fridge. Also great for on the go. It’s probably 1/10 as expensive as ordering.

  6. Lindsay says

    This is something I definitely struggle with! It’s just no fun cooking for one. :( And it takes a toll on the wallet. But I find the more I’m training/working out, the more desire I have to cook healthy meals.

  7. Phoebe says

    I often find that I can sometimes spend more money cooking for myself than ordering take out, which completely defeats the purpose! I have to make conscious efforts to purchase less expensive ingredients and/or consider meals that will last me through at least another day’s worth of leftovers. I’m unfortunately a pretty big eater, haha.

  8. Nnenna says

    When I first moved to NYC, I ordered out/ate out all the time, but then I realized that I could save SO much money by cooking for myself. Now I try to cook during the week so I can always take my lunch to work and then on the weekends I usually end up ordering out. I’m trying to get better about cooking on the weekends too, but it’s hard because I’m in “lazy mode” on Saturday and Sunday!

  9. emi says

    wow, your website is amazing! i love your layout and photos.. this food looks too delicious!
    we switch off eating out// cooking in, and love both. just important to have a balance!
    XO the well-traveled wife

  10. Emily says

    This is a daily struggle for me (and my bank account). When I get home at 8, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour cooking food, when my stomach is demanding that I go to the deli across the street. I’m excited to read all the comments on this post and see how other twenty-somethings handle it. xxEmily

  11. Katie says

    This is also something I still need to master…I work 8-5, then do some Stella & Dot and gym! So finiding time to cook is hard! But after a few nights of going out or ordering in my wallet hates me!

  12. Courtney says

    I ditched my bad habit of eating out consistently last year when trying to get back in shape. The truth of the matter is that restaurant food has too many calories and puts a serious dent in your wallet. Now, I really enjoy cooking although it is sort of labor intensive. To solve that, I do cook on Sunday and freeze for later on during the week. My wallet is fatter and my stomach is slimmer. Great trade-off if you ask me =)

  13. I do both! I try to cook most week nights but typically eat out on the weekends. Sunday is usually “family dinner” with friends. But when I get a craving for Thai, oh boy im ordering out or hitting my favorite whole in the wall.

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  15. owen says

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