There was an article on the front page of MSN today on Is eating out cheaper than cooking?
Of course eating out is not cheaper than cooking. I am certain that there are somethings where it is, but in the overall scheme of things, not so much.
I noticed in the article that the problem here seems to be these people's choices. For instance, the one woman in the article said she dines out because of the cost of groceries. The example she gave was buying chicken wings at the store and it being $8. Of course, she could have got a whole bag of frozen Tyson chicken breasts from the freezer section for around $9. She was just making bad choices in what she was buying.