It's difficult for me to understand people who say they eat out because they don't have time to cook. For Sweetie and me, going out is a big undertaking: have to dress up, bundle up, drive out, be seated, peruse menus, and then wait for the food. Since we don't have fussy tastes, professional cooks take the same amount of time to prepare the meal as I do...and I can do it in my robe and house booties for a fraction of the price.
For example, tonight it took me about 15 minutes to make some tasty bar food for dinner: nachos and "margaritas."
The beef half is for Sweetie and the black bean half is for me. A restaurant probably wouldn't let us do that. And in order to get this on the town, it would take 10 minutes of driving, 5 minutes finding parking, 5-15 minutes of walking and a lot of squeezing past college students to get to the bartender, who won't give my card back even if I emphatically specify "no tab."
Plus, soy milk instead of tequila = strong bones and no hangover. And the whole thing cost about $2 total.
There are a lot of other reasons to go out to eat. To socialize, celebrate, or just to feel rich. But "having no time" is a lousy one.