Cooking at home can save you plenty of money over eating out. If you're trying to break the fast food habit, plan the meals that don't take much time, or you'll be right back in the drive-thru.
As personal finance blog Money Ning explains, a large part of the reason we eat so much fast food is not because it's cheap but because it's quick. If you decide to start cooking your meals at home, but each meal takes four hours or more to cook, the time cost could start to feel like it's not worth it:
I'm not saying to go hog wild at the grocery store, but if you struggle with eating fast food a lot, then look for easier meal ideas, even if they cost more. I would rather increase my grocery budget by $100 then to waste $200 on fast food each month just because I keep getting in a dinner rut.
Money Ning also points out that fast food rarely makes good leftovers. Even if you overspend a bit at the grocery store, having leftovers can reduce your per-meal cost, so you don't necessarily need to feel guilty about raising your budget a bit. Slow cookers can help reduce the amount of time it takes to cook while still providing delicious meals.