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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American consumer unit spent $6,602 dollars on food in 2013. Food represents the third largest household expenditure, next to housing and transportation. If there’s one aspect of the household budget where a family would consider making some cuts in order to save more money, it would be food. In short, households would be looking for healthy yet cost-effective meal options.

In his article for the Money section of MSN.com, The Fiscal Times contributor Nick Bardwaj discusses why a lot more Americans now consider eating out to be more economical than home cooking.