The facts are in! Actually, it is NOW cheaper to eat out than to cook at home.

The main thing to remember is that it is still healthier to eat at home.

Based on the data the cost to feed a family has gone up about 38% in the past 10 years. It went from about $600 a month all the way to about $850 to purchase groceries and make meals.

The study took two meals you could make at home and then compared them to their equivalents at restaurants. To have a steak dinner at home it would cost you about $2.50 more than it would at Outback Steakhouse. To have pasta it would cost about $3.75 more at home than at Olive Garden.