|View Poll Results: How often do you eat fast food / take out|
|Multiple times a week or every day||8||8.16%|
|Once-twice a week||37||37.76%|
|Once-twice a month||36||36.73%|
|Once-twice a year||9||9.18%|
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We used to do it once every month or two. But now my husband has an hour commute each way and I have to pick up both kids who are now at different schools and sometimes there are play dates or other activities and.... ugh time has gotten so tight. So if we have run out of groceries or it is insanely busy, we go for take out pizza or falafel or thai or chinese. None of which is healthy, but fast and convenient. What used to be once every month or two is now almost once a week. I don't particularly like any of the food, but I do like the less stress and being able to relax and eat with my family, even if it is not the healthiest.
I went thru a period like you are experiencing. Finally I said enough is enough, and just decided that if we ate late, we ate late. I tried to make double recipes of things so we'd have leftovers on hand, or cooking on the weekends to stock the freezer. And experimenting with fast easy meals. And meal planning - I find if I have a meal plan in place it's so much easier to go home and cook on autopilot.
that said, in the US, i usually had take out once or twice a month. it's so expensive though! except for the little caesar's 5$ pizza....
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I'm pretty adamant about sitting down to dinner as a family every night. My kids aren't in activities that preclude that; it isn't how I want to live. I have plenty of time to plan meals and shop, so there's no reason for us to resort to fast food. However, I'm well aware that not everyone has that luxury.
I know i'm spending waaaay to much money on food, but dh and i feel tapped for time. We leave the house at 7am and we're lucky if we get home by 7pm. We work constantly (maybe we wouldn't have to work as much if we ate out less....hmmm....lol ) because we want to get out of debt as fast as humanly possible.
Fast food never. seriously, I'd go without rather than eat most fast food.
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.
It sounds like a lot, but it doesn't feel like it. I cook dinner usually about 4-5 times a week. I pack lunch or make lunch at home for me and the kids 5-6 times a week. But we do like to buy snacks while we're out (coffee, soft pretzels, croissants, etc). Also we do seem to get together with friends several times a month and that often involves take out or dining out. And of course their are times our life just gets crazy and mcdonald's or pizza is just quicker and easier than cooking at home.
I do continue trying to increase our homecooked to takeout ratio. Things are actually much better now than they were after dd was born. We had take out or fastfood most nights of the week. Of course where we live there aren't that many choices nearby so I'd rather cook. Pizza and mcdonald's is too monotonous.
I often share a milkshake from NZ Natural with DD when we go into town, which was once every week or two for a while, but never at the moment due to first-trimesterness. For some reason, I never thought of those as take-out!
And for a while, DH and I would get a custard square or a doughnut from the bakery next to the fruit and veggie shop when we walked there... maybe once a week? That was a fairly brief phase though.
Things like McDonald's, pizza, fish and chips for dinner? Almost never, although I did have (gourmet) takeout pizza twice recently due to aforementioned first trimester. So I guess "wildly varies" is my answer. I don't feel guilty about our takeout situation - we nearly always have a homecooked, more-or-less-from-scratch, more-or-less-healthy meal every night, and I expected we'd have to cut a few corners and make a few compromises while I was pregnant.
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ETA: We eat at restaurants (the sit-down-with-cloth-napkins type) about 2 - 4 times/ month. Usually closer to the 2 than the 4. We don't eat at chains like Applebee's and the like because those we consider to be just expensive fast food, as it's all processed, heat and eat frozen food in these joints, too.
We eat at a local Thai place at least once a week, No matter how hard I try I can not duplicate pad thai, basil fried rice or chicken gra pow at home.
At least a few times a month we go to a small middle eastern place too. Nothing like an authentic lamb gyro!
And while I make a great homemade pizza sometimes you gotta have big greasy slice of greek pizza.
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As a family, we get take-out/fast food about 2-3 times a week. However, if you count my husband's lunches, it goes to probably almost every day.
I work Fri, Sat, Sun- leave the house at 5am and don't get home till 8pm. We'll order pizza, subs, wings or something 2 of those 3 nights, and then once during the week when I want a night off of all work.
A major, major contributor to all the eating out is that DH and I both detest doing dishes, and we have no dishwasher.
Mother to R- 2/09, & C- 5/11
And, I'm totally a sucker for Chili's chips and salsa. I really like their salsa, and you get a nice sized portion for $2.99. So, sometimes, I'll go get that for a treat after my kids go to bed. Random, but good. LOL
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