Dear CWanamaker : I am a father of a crippled daughter. I am also disabled , and we live on a fixed income of my Social Security Dissability. I want go into the ailments.
I normally cook a breakfast which requires biscuits, coffee, sometimes eggs, and meat.
For dinner I often create recipes involving rice , and creative put together foods. I cook many things, and so does my wife.
Cooking at home teaches family members how to save income. It is much cheaper to cook at home than to eat out, unless you can buy economical ready made meals that are good, and nutritious.
I am not a great cook, but I do know how to save money, and how to buy food to save money. It is very important to provide your family the best bang for the buck when it comes to having food on the table.
Kentucky Fried Chicken for example is delicious. We just love it, but I buy frozen chicken, thaw it out , and cook it myself. With thirty dollars I can prepare , and cook fifty pounds of chicken that will last my family a month with other meals. I also have enough cooked chicken to feed our nine cats, to add to their own food.
Bread was $3 a loaf. I can make my own bread.
Why buy two cans of expensive chili when you can cook a pot of it for a family. Use a little of it, and freeze the rest of it.
We have been married forty years. Eating out is nice once in a while. Buying ready made food is nice if your working , and do not have much time to cook, but when you cook at home you save money.
Good question you asked. God Bless You.