I hear what you're saying POM.
I threw that $20 figure out there at random. Meaning for an extra special meal, like (being facetious here) if I wanted quail eggs and peacock liver.
If you don't like restaurant food 1/2 to an hour after it's cooked, and reheated at home, that's valid.
Me, I'm not that fussy.
Not saying that to compare us, or to indicate one way is better than the other.
I just don't notice if there's a hint too much tarragon (I don't even know what that tastes like) or if there's not quite enough saffron or something (I don't know what that tastes like either. I'm sure I've had both, just never scrutinized it). I'm just as happy with a peanut butter and jelly sammich.
If I'm going to get a take-away, I don't buy something that's going to get soggy, or gain some other unattractive trait. But if I have a BOGO coupon where I can get 2 pot roast dinners for the price of one, and I drive past that restaurant on the way home, for me, that's a no brainer. For what? 7 bucks I get 2 dinners and someones lunch for the next day. Pot roast tastes better the next day.
What's in my freezer right now?
Well, it IS fairly full POM, just with stuff that gets rotated quickly, so never has to get tossed or get chunks cut off.
Lesse, without looking.....I got a couple of pork loins I'd cooked (bought on sale), because I know they freeze well. Some baby back ribs (again on sale) I made a shitload of about 2 months back. They are ready to thaw and eat. Some (raw) venison. The vension came back with Wally from when he went to Illnois last month. His BIL hunts for all his meat (a bow hunter), and he killed and processed (himself) 20 deer last year.
Other than that, frozen veggies, a couple of shrimp scampi (bought with a coupone) ready to prepare meals (which I add pasta to), a couple of bags of frozen basa fish. That's about it, and it comfortably fills the freezer. I don't think anything stays in my freezer more than 3 months, max.
Some weeks I don't even have to go to the store. I just don't make a big deal of waiting for sales, because as I said, somethings always on sale. Maybe I'll do a quick run in for bread, or fruit or vegetables.
Plain Old Me, I guess I'm just plain old plain when it comes to what I'm satisfied eating. Big priority for me is that it's healthy and nutritious.
Anyway, that's what I meant by false economy. If I can get cooked meals where I don't have do the labor of cooking, heating up the kitchen, cleaning up, (all of which uses electric or gas energy) and I can get it as a two-fer or at a good price, I'm gonna do it.
Leaves me more time to play the stock market, which is more profitable for me.
osso....I live the light of luxe? Gimme a break.
There's things I don't spend any money on, like booze or fancy snacky items or a fancy schmancy spice or tidbits. So, I have the extra buck or two to spend on what I want.