This post is not really about listing a range of cheap places to eat out. Rather it is one cheap and easy idea to help reduce the cost and time taken to prepare a meal at home.
I used to believe that eating out would be a cheaper and more convenient option when Hayley and I were older and our kids had moved out. It can take a long time to prepare meals and to make it interesting, you often need a diverse range of ingredients which can get expensive.
In Australia, Numbeo states that an inexpensive meal out costs $17 per person while a mid-range 3 course meal equates to an average price of $80.28.
To be honest, I could not find a definitive average meal price in my research. We know that eating out will always cost more. So based on this information I would say that IF we could find an easy meal for a third of the $17 price, it should be deemed as an ‘inexpensive’ at home meal. Agreed?
I have sometimes grabbed the odd Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine Meal when they have been discounted. At the time of writing those meals averaged between $6.26 to $7.36 ($AUD). I can’t say that the flavour has really rocked my world but they filled the gap and I am a person who is easily pleased.
I will say that I am a proud Aldi shopper and today I was ecstatic to find a 300g meal by Health and Vitality for $3.49. Not bad in the flavour department I must say and for the time poor person it is a 4 minute meal. What’s not to love?
Yes, the vegetables tend to be pea based. The chicken is minimal compared to the carbs. Still, considering all this, it is quite a healthy meal choice and great for people on the go. Let me know what you think or if you have found more cheaper and nutritious options out there?