Although cooking at home has long been considered the most practical option, Americans are increasingly choosing to dine out for the sake of convenience. Here is a side-by-side comparison of dining out versus cooking at home.

COST:

Dining Out: $13 for fajitas

Home Cooking: $34 for spices for fajitas


SUBSTITUTIONS:

Dining Out: As accommodating as can be

Home Cooking: Your mother slaved over this and you’re going to eat it


OPTIONS:

Dining Out: Entire menu to choose from

Home Cooking: Entire page of search results for “what to make with tomatoes and eggs” to choose from

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MEAL ENDING UP BURNT TO A CRISP:

Dining Out: Their fault

Home Cooking: Your fault


ABILITY TO SHOUT ‘DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?’ AT HOSTESS:

Dining Out: Yes

Home Cooking: No


CONVENIENCE:

Dining Out: Have to leave your house

Home Cooking: Have to leave your bed


BIRTHDAY SONG:

Dining Out: Unlicensed

Home Cooking: Licensed


CLEANUP:

Dining Out: Have to figure out whether to bus your own plate

Home Cooking: Have to figure out if these cups can go on the bottom rack of the dishwasher

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AMBIANCE:

Dining Out: Soft jazz

Home Cooking: The dog wants to go outside again


LEFTOVERS:

Dining Out: Left to rot in the fridge

Home Cooking: Left to rot in the fridge

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