I was intrigued by this Forbes article about the costs of cooking at home vs. ordering out or using a menu planning service. It turns out that dialing Dominoes is roughly 5 times as expensive as making homemade pizza and 3 times as expensive as using a meal planning service. The article points out that this is simply the cost of materials and doesn’t allow for “opportunity costs.” It’s interesting that they approach this from the perspective of lost time to prepare the meal. I look at it as an opportunity for found time with your kids and spouse. Cooking with the kids is one of the great pleasures of parenting in my book.