You want to save money and eat right. You can't eat restaurant food and accomplish that.
It's about balance. It doesn't have to be an "either or" decision.
Typically, the frugal course is to cook at home. But sometimes you want some variation from that routine. You can make that choice, and it can still be relatively healthy, and still be affordable.
For example, my husband and I had been very busy all day, and while we could have cooked up something at home, it was Friday night and we wanted something different.
We know, of course, that to go out for dinner is always in the neighborhood of $35 or $40. We only feel good about spending that much money once or twice a month ~ maybe.
So I suggested Andy stay at home and relax and I'd get something for us. I selected a local Asian restaurant and picked up one order of vegetables and rice for us to split. That was less than $10.00.
When I got home, the wine was opened and we shared what turned out to be plenty for two people. It was delicious ~ it was something different ~ and it was very affordable.
Tomorrow I'll refocus on preparing something good here at home.