When I was single, it was the struggle that I always dealt with – should I buy premade food at the grocery store, or should I buy the supplies and make it myself. Since I was young, was just eating for myself, I typically opted to buy the premade items (or just skip the grocery store in general and stay with fast food), but now I’ve changed some of my ways. Here are some thoughts on whether you should buy premade food or just make it yourself.
The Pros of Premade Food
Premade food is a wonderful gift to the lazy and the cooking-inept. Premade food is both convenient, and tasty. If you go into any grocery store, you get the range of the deli, to the freezer where there are premade meals, to even the produce section, where you can typically find premade salads.
The biggest pro of premade food is the convenience and time it saves from actually having to cook. If you’re short on time, this can be the way to go. Also, if you can’t really cook, just getting something premade can be the easy way out.
The Pros of Making It Yourself
However, there are many pros to making food yourself too. Making food from scratch can be both a fun experience, and can be cheaper. For example, buying a head of lettuce, a tomato, and an onion will probably run you about $1.50. However, buying a premade bag of salad will probably cost you about $3. This example applies to just about everything.
When you buy things individually as well, you can also use coupons and discounts like net voucher codes, to save even more money.
So Which Should You Choose?
Now that you’ve seen the benefits of both, which should you choose? Well, it still depends. When you buy items individually, you typically have to make more than one meal. If you don’t think you can eat it all in time, you could get spoilage, which may mitigate the savings you get from buying individually.