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Old 04-22-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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Mr C (retired now) and I shop on Sundays and because I'm still at work, I pick up my Lean Cuisine's [sales/coupons] or other breakfast and lunch items to take to work. What I save could be anywhere near 50 bucks a week. Now I use almost that for the darn Metro.

We used to do an every Thursday evening at either Subway, Mike's, CalTort or Sheetz, ... but lately it's been every other Thursday. Friday nites we like to chill a bit with a beer or glass of wine, or mixed drink and/or we save it for just Saturdays.

What we don't finish at some of these restaurants where they give large portions or that we're not as hungry, we just get the to go boxes and take it home to eat another day.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Why not scrap the after-school activities and make their after-school activity teaching the kids how to cook, at least when they are at an age they can be trusted around an oven? They will be only grateful afterwards.
I think it's a wonderful idea to teach young people how to cook.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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I think it's a wonderful idea to teach young people how to cook.
Plus a lot of other things.

I know people who can literally not sew a button onto a shirt, change a flat tire or even replace a light switch. My brother-in-law only has a hammer and a screwdriver with reversible tips for his entire tool kit.

This summer, I'm going to have my mother teach my daughter how to sew and in a couple of years have my son learn as well.

It's crazy how many skills so many people lack.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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I can still remember when they taught making change in third grade by a checkout play stand and home economic was taught. I am MALE ;yet I learned how to cook from my mother; so as to be able to when I moved out. Still like to cook. My guess is like finances some never think about learning. Saw the other day that for first time ;spending at restaurants is very close to same as at grocery stores. nationally.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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If I wasn't as frugal as I was for years then I'd have to work til I was 65.
As is, I was able to live beneath my means, save more and retire early.

And I keep the same habits in retirement. I still food shop every 2 weeks and treat myself to a nice breakfast at a sit down restaurant on food shopping days.
Would you like another cookie?
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Would you like another cookie?
You implied that people that watch what they spend on eating out are on "tight budgets" and that is not always the case.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Why not scrap the after-school activities and make their after-school activity teaching the kids how to cook, at least when they are at an age they can be trusted around an oven? They will be only grateful afterwards.

You guys make it sound like cooking isn't taught, it is. It's just not called Home Ec any longer but comes under Family and Consumer Sciences.

It's one of those classes, or series of classes actually, which fall under Tech Ed in many states and are looked for when schools come up for accreditation.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Most people I know buy lunch everyday at work.

Assuming the average meal is in 6-10 dollars range, that could easily be 50 dollars a week on lunch alone. This isn't taking into account dinner or breakfast
Not saying it isn't expensive, but as a single, I often waste a lot of the food I bring in.

I bought a 3 lb sack of potatoes a few weeks ago and ate *maybe* half of them. The same thing with a pack of carrots. Bread or bananas, I eat even less of. I get most of my meat frozen at Costco. About the only things that I can reliably finish which are "fresh" are berries, juices, sometimes milk, packs of apples (apples keep a long time), and small packs of meat I get at the grocery store.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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It's one of the downsides of a two-income household; nobody's home to cook. It's time-consuming to prepare meals at home, and the typical suburban family is already squeezed between long commutes and after-school activities. Who can blame them for grabbing Subway?

Over Lent this year, our family gave up all restaurant meals. I'm a SAHM, and although I thought I was a fairly regular home cook, I'll admit that the project was exhausting. In any case, we did save a lot of money!

Huh?

Both of my parents worked full time, and mom.always cooked for us. As a matter of fact, she managed to do all of those things some stay-at-home moms today want accolades for doing while they're home all day.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I've noticed that with prices these days, are you really saving that much cooking at home as opposed to eating out?

For example,

We cooked spaghetti with sausages the other day. This is for 2 people here. Here's the break down

Spaghetti noodles. $1.50
Sauce $3.00
Sausages $5.00
Onions $1.00
Mushrooms $3.00
Ground beef $4.00
Total $17.50

Time to cook it priceless. Jk

Now I know Olive Garden isn't the best but you can go to their 2 for $20 deal. Is is really saving that much to eat at home? I really want to cook at home but just thinking about it.
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