- Personal Finance
Cost of Eating Fast Food vs Making it Yourself
Food Costs Continue to Rise
With the current economy and skyrocketing food prices I find that one must try to stretch the dollar as far as they possibly can. One way to save money is eating at home rather than going out to a restaurant. If you enjoy cooking, this will not only help you to save money, but basically you will eat healthier as well.
Go to your favorite hamburger joint versus making hamburgers at home.
Please note that these prices are in Ontario, Canada.
Cost Breakdown For 8 Hamburgers at Home
Box of eight good quality beef burgers
Package of 8 hamburger buns
Head of Iceberg Lettuce
Jar of Pickles
Cost of a Burger King Whopper Meal
Burger King Whoppers
1 single Whopper is $4.62 x 8 = $36.96 plus taxes 4.80 = 41.76
If you order the Whopper meal the cost is 7.00 x 8 = $56.00 Taxes $7.28 = 63.28
Savings on just the eight hamburgers is: $21.91
Burgers at Home are Far Healthier
If you eat this meal at home making your own hamburgers you can add another tomato to the left over iceberg lettuce and Spanish onion that you bought for the burgers to make a salad. This is healthier than eating the fries that come with the whopper meal and have a water rather than the pop.
Chinese Food price comparison: Restaurant or Make Your Own at Home
I have to admit I do love to go to a Chinese restaurant, but to save money I have come up with a few recipes that my family enjoys.
If you go to a Chinese Restaurant for a family of four, the cost without drinks will be approximately $60.00 plus taxes at 13% = $7.80 plus tip of say $7.00. So this all adds up to $74.80. Remember that this does not include drinks.
At home without breaking down all the prices again I can make honey garlic spare ribs, pork fried rice and chicken chop suey for approximately $30.00. That is a difference of $44.80.
Save Money by Eating at Home
These are just a few examples. Making home made pizza can be fun and you can make it into a family project on a Saturday night with everyone helping to build your favorite pizza.
Stop and think about how much a restaurant meal costs and look at how much you can actually save by eating close to the same meal at home.