Yeah and I think having an open conversation about this with your pals can really help when you’re organising nights/ meals out, holidays, etc. Helps to set expectations and makes sure everyone is happy with the plans.
Although I did read an article a while back which said X% of people had stopped being friends with someone because they wanted to spend their time in more expensive restaurants/ on more expensive holidays
Bulk cooking is the way to go. I don’t know if ya’all on the other side of the Big Pond use crock pots, but now that the cooler weather is here, they’re definitely the way to go. Makes about 10 meals, we’ll eat it for dinner, a lunch or two, and freeze the rest for a few weeks later so we don’t get bored of the same food.
I’m not so much into baking or cooking on the stove, but fortunately my wife is, so she helps fill in the other meals.
Find some great recipes and then you just repeat these same meals once a week. You’ll be amazed at how much money you’ll save cutting out food you don’t prepare.
We literally have cut our “outside” food down to twice a month, once per pay period. We didn’t get there overnight, but over time, finding and perfecting more and more recipes, we got there.