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Why Order Food In When You Can Eat For Less, Save With Food & Drink Coupons

Need to be convinced about using Food & Drink coupons? Picture this situation. You’ve just arrived home after a long day of running errands or working in the office, and need to figure out what’s for dinner. Figuring that you have neither the time nor the energy to cook a meal, you pick up a menu from the local takeout restaurant and order in. Start saving with food & drink coupons! Keep reading “Why Order Food In When You Can Eat For Less, Save With Food & Drink Coupons” for more information on how to save!

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If this situation sounds a lot like your daily dinner routine, then we have news for you. Did you know that every time you order in you are essentially wasting money that could be better spent elsewhere? The price of a takeout meal is considerably higher than what it would cost for you to make it on your own.

To get a better idea of why a takeout meal is more expensive than a meal made at home, here is a look at the costs involved, and how you can save money by eating in and making your own meals.

The Cost to Order In

When you order in from a local restaurant the price of that meal doesn’t just include the cost of purchasing the ingredients, there are several other things included in the final price.

Some of the things included in the cost of a takeout meal include:

  • Convenience charge for others preparing the meal
  • Cost of ingredients and food
  • Cost of takeout containers
  • Raised prices to help restaurant owners turn a profit
  • Potential delivery charge

All of these charges can take a meal that would normally cost $5-6, and raise the price to $8-10. That extra $3-4 is money that could have been saved, and used for something else.

The Cost of Making Meals at Home

At first glance, purchasing the food and ingredients needed to make your meals at home might seem like it would cost more than a takeout meal, but it doesn’t. The overall costs of making a meal at home is a lot less than takeout meals. You aren’t paying for someone else to make the meal, and there are no restaurant “up charges” given in order to help keep the restaurant running.

If you are thinking of making meals at home, here are some tips on how you can lower your food costs, and save even more money.

  • Purchase items when on sale at stores
  • Use food and drink coupons from websites like RewardIt or Coupon Mom to lower the cost of purchasing items
  • Buy in bulk and freeze or store items for later use

Next time you get the urge to order in think of the money you could be saving by making your meals at home.

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July 30th, 2012

Lauren Garrison


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