Aussies love to eat out. A recent report found that we visit cafes, takeaway shops and restaurants around four times a month and spend around $70 per week dining out. Our love affair with eating out has grown over the years. 20 years ago, Australian households spent around 20 per cent of their weekly food budget on eating out. Today, it’s around 30 per cent. So are we heading the way of the United States? A recent report claims that American’s are spending more eating out than at the grocery store. A major supermarket brand claims that the weekly supermarket shop is dead. We now use the supermarket more like a panty with last minute shops of the necessary ingredients to whip up the latest MasterChef inspired recipe. When we considered $70 per week is spent dining out compared with $139 per week on groceries, we thought we'd answer the following question. When are you better off eating out and when are you better off eating in?