The weekend is finally here! It’s the perfect time to relax, unwind, and charge up out batteries for the coming week.

But do you order take-out or go out to eat?

As much as it’s easy and tempting (with so many options, restaurants, and even fast food places to choose from), the prevalence of home-cooked food is slowly fading in favor of eating out.

But this isn’t just because of being lazy – we really don’t have the time to do so. For many Singaporeans, it’s become a hassle, with hectic work schedules leaving people too tired or hungry to take the time and cook.

However, this doesn’t mean that the kitchen should be counted out just yet. Here are three key reasons why you should cook your meals at home instead of eating out too much:

1. Going out to eat has become a global trend (and it’s still more expensive).

This isn’t in itself a bad thing. There are a lot of reasons in life to celebrate, and that celebration often comes in the form of having a good meal in a nice restaurant. However, doing this often can have consequences, not just on your waistline, but also on your wallet.

One advantage that cooking at home has in particular is that it saves you a significant amount of your budget. You don’t have to pay for a single meal every night – any leftovers on hand can easily be stored for extra portions you can reheat later on, or cook as ingredients for other meals.

2. Home cooking has some direct benefits.

You’ll be able to control your portions, you’ll know exactly what goes into your food and how it was prepared and cooked, you can add all kinds of lean protein and healthy fats and oils, and all you need to do is take the time to buy the ingredients and learn how to cook them properly.

You’ll also be able to learn a valuable skill that you can practice over time to be good at. What more could you get out of it?

3. It strengthens relationships.

If you still happen to live with your parents, it will be no surprise that learning to cook will definitely help to ease up on some of the responsibilities at home. If you plan on moving out, having this invaluable life skill will make anyone want to be your roommate.

Cooking can also be a good hobby you can get into to de-stress, pick up and master new culinary skills, and be a way to meet new people over something you enjoy doing.