New Frugality: Eating Out Is Disappointing

Mar 05, 2013 2 Comments by

Eating out has been a staple in our society as one gets a coffee on the way to work, orders take out for lunch while at work, enjoys a fast food grab on the way home or a nice outing with friends or family after a long day. I used to enjoy eating out as a convenience and as a way to enjoy really good food.

When I became frugal and cut back on my external food budget, I became a better cook and enjoyed my culinary abilities. My kitchen became a lab and I enjoyed experimenting with new ingredients and better methods of combining ingredients. My meals became healthier as I chose whole grains at every opportunity and used a variety of spices to entertain my taste buds.

My coffee routine is a comfort food. I like to have the same coffee at the same place every morning. Initially I would drink Tim Hortons coffee but Mr Cannes replaced this habit with his signature coffee from home served in a fancy travel mug. His coffee is now my favourite.

I love sushi and quickly learned how to make it and where to source sushi grade fish. When I make it on a Saturday, we eat sushi the entire weekend therefore lasting us 3-4 meals. The cost of fresh fish (salmon and tuna) ranges from $10 to $20 for our needs. The best part of making my own sushi is that I add cooked bacon to most of my rolls. I love my bacon sushi and haven’t tasted any rolls that are better than mine.

Asian dishes
When I find dishes that I love, I get pretty good at replicating them. Thai, Korean and Japanese bowls are some of my favourite. Some key ingredients I work with to replicate these flavours are fish sauce, peanuts/peanut butter, ketsup/tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and miso base. I might use glutenous rice, rice noodles or sweet potato noodles as the carb, add fresh salad and raw veggies and serve it with a protein. My dishes are always intense and to my liking. There are now very few asian restaurants that can deliver the flavours to my expectations.

Breakfast sandwiches
I used to love fast food breakfast sandwiches and considered them treats on special occasions. They were so yummy due to being loaded with salt, fat and sugar. I can make healthier breakfast sandwiched at home in the time that it takes me to toast an english muffin.

Veggie dip
Store bought veggie dip is usually pretty good. As a healthier alternative, I rather know what goes into my veggie dip. Greek yogourt, sour cream, mayo and honey are the base for my healthy veggie dip.

In short, I get disappointed in the food quality most times that I eat out for convenience. Rarely do I find restaurant foods that are based with whole grain or that thrill my taste buds. There are a few expensive restaurants that I really enjoy so I leave those for special occasions.

If you have become a better chef as a result of being more frugal, do you still enjoy eating out?

Frugality, Lifestyle

About the author

Clara Cannes, the chief author from Goldeneer is a Canadian that works as a full time employee in the engineering field. Her passion is real estate, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Clara has finally reached financial independence in her late 20's and is on the path to a comfortable retirement by 35.

2 Responses to “New Frugality: Eating Out Is Disappointing”

  1. Michelle says:

    We’ve been eating in a lot more and prefer to eat in now. The food just tastes better and it’s more relaxing to just stay home!

  2. Tie the Money Knot says:

    When you cook at home, using healthy ingredients while customizing for your own tastes, it can make outside food less appealing. I totally agree with what you’re saying – I just need to keep working on time mananagement and some extra discipline to make this a rule.