The Battle Of The Budget

 

Are you still wondering if the shopping and chopping is worth the effort?

Here’s some food for thought.

Not only does cooking at home help you know exactly what’s in your meals, it is also a great way to save money!

But the proof is in the pudding eight? We’ve gathered some quick cost comparisons of cooking at home versus grabbing something on the go.

Chew on this:

Breakfast:

Breakfast Burrito

Home Price

Restaurant Price (McDonald’s)

1 – 6 inch Tortilla

$0.07

N/A

1 egg

$0.11

N/A

1 ounce cheese

$0.31

N/A

2 tablespoon salsa

$0.18

N/A

1 cup of orange juice

$0.31

N/A

TOTAL

$0.98

$2.38

 

Fruit Smoothie

Home Price

Restaurant Price (Jamba Juice)

1 cup of milk, low fat

$0.13

N/A

6 ounces low fat yogurt

$0.47

N/A

1 banana

$0.19

N/A

¼ cup blueberries

$0.28

N/A

TOTAL

$1.07

$3.85

 

Lunch:

Garden Salad with Chicken

Home Price

Restaurant Price (Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad)

I cup romaine lettuce

$0.33

N/A

½ cup carrot

$0.10

N/A

¼ cup cucumber

$0.20

N/A

4 ounce grilled chicken breast

$1.12

N/A

2 tablespoons low fat dressing

$0.15

N/A

½ cup Wheat Thins

$0.29

N/A

TOTAL

$2.19

$4.99

 

Dinner

Hamburger with Baked Potato

Home Price

Restaurant Price (Wendy’s Double Stacker with Potato)

Hamburger bun

$0.14

N/A

3 ounce lean ground beef

$0.48

N/A

1 fresh tomato slice

$0.10

N/A

¼ cup romaine lettuce

$0.08

N/A

1 baked potato

$0.40

N/A

TOTAL

$1.20

$2.38

 

Apple with Caramel Sauce

Home Price

Restaurant Price (McDonald’s Apple Dippers)

2.4 ounce sliced apples

$0.15

N/A

0.8 ounce caramel sauce

$0.28

N/A

TOTAL

$0.43

$0.99

 

GRAND TOTAL

$5.87

$14.59

 

Our charts reflect the costs for one serving. Do the math for your family and you’ll quickly discover the benefits of cooking at home. And just think of all the great conversations you’ll get to share around the dinner table!

What else is stopping you from becoming part of the 10 Day Cook At Home Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.


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