I am happy to eat in. If I eat out a picnic is fine in my eyes
Eating out is a 2-or-3-times-per-month weekend thing for my husband and me. It's something we really enjoy doing. But we never go to corporate chain restaurants - we patronize local joints where we can spend less, eat much better food, and keep the little guys in business.
From Terri: This is a really good analogy. Very much the reality I live in. Yummy Lentil Carrot soup is simmering in my kitchen right now! Bet I'll feel better than people who get a bucket full of chicken from the window at KFC! However, most people that know me don't see it that way. They are always worried about me not having much to spend on food. I appreciate their heart-felt concern, but I'll take home cooked food any day over something I get from a window. Thanks for posting this.
As an alternative, if you have friends with a similar lifestyle to your own you can take it in turns to host dinner parties. These can be as formal or informal as you like. From five course banquets to home made pizza and a movie.
I second this! We semi-regularly get together with two couples for potlucks/gaming/etc., and it's always foodie heaven and so much fun trying each other's home-cooked foods. All for the low cost of your own dish!
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