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Why Are Americans Dining Out More Than Cooking For The First Time In History?

Kevin Harber

Since having a kid, your standards for a home cooked meal have understandably been lowered to leftover mac ‘n cheese while you debate delivery. Don’t feel bad if GrubHub and Seamless are what’s keeping your dadbod from wasting away, because according to recent U.S. Census data you’re not the only one. For the first time ever, Americans are spending more money eating out than they are spending on groceries. That’s a lot of kids born with plastic spoons in their mouths.

Quartz points out that part of the reason for this is stagnant grocery store prices within U.S. grocery stores in recent years, but people have been gradually consuming more food outside of the home since the 1970s. This shift likely has more to do with more women entering the workforce and having less time for domestic duties like cooking. Unless you have time to pick up the slack on the stove, then the delivery guy has to shoulder this responsibility.

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  1. How often do you and your spouse argue over the family budget?
    Rarely. We set it together and stick to it as best we can.
    Sometimes. We try not to, but it’s occasionally unavoidable.
    A lot. It’s a regular source of contention.
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The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that women on average still spend twice as much time as men on meal prep, so you can’t blame them entirely. It’s possible that this decline in cooking is due to parents discovering the ultimate cooking hack: Just don’t do it. If you can afford to never cook again (and not only eat fast food), then more power to you. Just don’t ask the Census what that adds up to. (You don’t want to know.) But if you’re on a budget, take it The Man With A Pan. He’ll help you out.

[H/T] My Money Blog