Hi there!

I’m Matt – 10 year veteran of the food service industry (does 10 years make me a veteran?  In professional sports it does.  And sometimes working in a restaurant feels like a sport.  But I digress…)

I started Stop Eating Out because I wanted to create a community focused on two things:  Money and Health.

Of course, we’re talking about food here.  But what we’re really exploring is how the food we eat impacts our wallets and our waistlines.

I’m sure everybody probably knows that cooking is cheaper and healthier than eating out.  But we still eat out.  A lot.

Too much.

Last year, Americans spent more on eating out than they did at grocery stores.  Which isn’t that alarming, until you consider that

  • Almost half of Americans can’t come up with $400 in an emergency.
  • The average savings rate is 5.7% – which means that out of every $100 we earn, we put aside $5.70 for retirement, savings, and emergencies combined!
  • An estimated 55 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes by 2030 at a cost of $622 million annually.
  • Some estimates point to a total of over 150 million Americans having some form of cardiovascular/heart disease by 2035 at a projected cost of $1.1 trillion annually.
  • The average American consumes nearly 66 pounds of excess sugar a year.
  • Only 1 in 3 adults receives the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

In short, the food we choose to eat is robbing us of both our money and our time.  Even small changes can have a dramatic impact on our lives.

So ask yourself:

What is my food doing for me?