If you want to help out your budget, then try to eat out less and instead learn to make your favorite meals at home! The average cost for a restaurant meal runs about $13 per person. In contrast, when you make a meal yourself if costs roughly $4 for the groceries. That is a $9 dollar savings per person, and that means that it is nearly 325% more expensive to eat in a restaurant. Wow – that is a rather scary number for most of our budgets.
In addition to saving money, learning to make your favorite meals at home can also be rewarding and fun. Imagine that your favorite food to order at PF Chang’s is the Chicken Lettuce Wraps. You order that because you could NEVER do that at home like they do. Well, you might be surprised. If you do a search for Chicken Lettuce Wraps – you may just find a copycat recipe for your favorite. Check out this link for a fun recipe that is delicious! https://www.frugallivingnw.com/chicken-lettuce-wraps-pf-changs-copycat-recipe/
And don’t worry if your favorite recipe doesn’t come from a big chain restaurant. You may be surprised at what you find. This could even be helpful if you have moved and miss your favorite restaurant or perhaps you were on vacation and you’d love to try and recreate a food that you tried at home. People are sharing more and more ways that you can make your favorite dishes at home for yourself.
To supplement this article, I started a Pinterest board of “Plenty of Make it at Home Recipes” You can get directly to that board following this link; https://www.pinterest.com/designingforplenty/plenty-of-make-it-at-home-recipes/ If you have a recipe that you think should be added to this board, please let me know in the comments below. I will be adding to this board so check back often to see if some of your favorites have make at home recipes.
I’d also love to hear about some of your favorite restaurant options. If you tried out a recipe, did you think it was as good as the original. Have a great weekend everyone!