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Food & dining

Is eating out cheaper than cooking at home?

The subject line caught our eye: “New Study Finds Eating Out Is Cheaper Than Cooking at Home.” For people who love to cook, that’s pretty much like reading “New Study Says Earth Is Flat.” Cooking at home is cheaper than eating out — always, and by a wide margin — is an article of absolute faith with some. So if a new study finds that eating out is, or ever could be, cheaper than cooking at home, we want to know about it.

The study came via the finance website This particular piece of content contended, among other things, that the cost of a meal at a mid-scale chain restaurant is less than that of a comparable meal cooked at home — only by $2 or $3, mind you, but still. A 10-ounce rib-eye dinner at Outback Steakhouse, with soup, salad, and asparagus, is apparently $2.53 cheaper at the restaurant than at home, says the study.

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