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How many meals a week to you eat out? [moved from General Topics]

I eat lunch out 6 times a week, breakfast 3-4 times, dinner 2-3 times. Maybe I should stay home and cook more?

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  1. only dinner and the hubby and i usually only dine out on weekends so i'll say 1-2 times/week.

    1. too many. Similiar to you: breakfast 3-4x/week, lunch 5x/week, dinner 3-5x/week. The main problem is that neither my SO or I have ever really gotten the hang of the "30-minute" meal. When we cook at home, it's always a pretty involved effort, even in the middle of the week. (Pasta for dinner? Seems like it should and could be simple, but no, my SO will make the noodles from scratch and I'll go out and collect hydrogen and oxygen from mountain air to make pure water to boil them in. Just kidding about making my own water, but you get the idea.) If we don't feel like spending 3 hours in the kitchen cooking, we go out for dinner. And neither of us ever have time in the morning to make something either of us would be happy eating for breakfast and lunch. It's completely idiotic and at some point I really need to figure out how to make and actually enjoy more simple meals.

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      1. re: grubn

        Hello... are you my husband?! This says us all the way, except we hardly ever go out for breakfast except once and a while on the weekends. Lunch, he pretty much always eats out unless he remembers that there's good leftovers at home. I go through stages where I'm good about bringing my lunch, but I've been going through a really long stage where I haven't brought my lunch hardly at all. Dinner has been horrid lately... I'd say we've been eating out at least 5 times a week for the past couple of months. My 30-minute meals usually take me at least an hour and a half!

        1. re: Katie Nell

          That would be a long distance relationship!

          In my (our) defense, when I say breakfast out, I mean I'm buying a bowl of oatmeal for $1.39 at a campus restaurant. I'm never home during the day, hence all the lunches out. Most of my meals out are relatively inexpensive, so I don't think I'm spending too much. I usually cook dinner at home.

        2. re: grubn

          This is me and my SO, too, if not worse! I think part of the problem is thinking of a homecooked meal as something from scratch from start to finish. When, in reality, a "homecooked meal" could be sandwiches some nights. Or soup and salad. Easy peasy. On weeks when I am thinking this way and have (key) actually stocked my cupboards as such, I am more included to cook more vs. ordering out. I need to get back into the habit of eating breakfast "at home". To me, bringing oatmeal packets from home and heating up at work (vs. buying an egg sandwich on the way or something) counts!

          1. re: janbrady

            Yes, I definitely struggle with that! I think we had too many sandwiches growing up, so now I hate to have *just* a sandwich for dinner! I'm stuck on feeling like I need at least 3 or 4 courses... I hate that I feel that way!

        3. Rarely. It is usually a special occasion for the better restaurants and for the little ethnic places 1-2 times a month. Tonight might be one of them, it is usually when I am really tired. Most nights I cook from scratch and 99% of the time we both come home for lunch. We have breakfast out when traveling but not when we are home. We prefer to save our dining out $$$ for special places like London next week.

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          1. re: Candy

            That's what we should do - save up for a trip, but:

            Breakfast - never
            Lunch - 1-2 times - we love a leisurely Saturday lunch, followed by a nap, and maybe some cheese, pate & wine (nibblies) for dinner.
            Dinner - 3-4 - cheap sushi one night, a neighborhood "i don't feel like cooking place", often dinner out Friday night.

            Special occasions are always celebrated at home with a somewhat elaborate meal.

          2. My SO and I tend to get take out for dinner about 2x a week during the week and dine out at least once on the weekends. I'm lucky in that my day doesn't really start until 1 pm so I am able to eat both breakfast and lunch at home.

            1. I dont eat breakfast at all.

              But I eat lunch out 2x a week Mon-Fri, and the wife and I go out to dinner about 4x a week.