What foods are cheaper to buy already fully prepared and ready-to-eat versus making it yourself? And vice-versa.
I am thinking of examples like buying a rotisserie chicken versus getting the uncooked whole chicken, seasoning it and roasting it at home. When you factor the time to prep, cook and clean up, it seems you come out way ahead buying the chicken pre-made.
On the other hand, what foods can you buy pre-made that is way cheaper to make it yourself? I’m thinking macaroni and cheese is a good example.
By the way, I am counting foods where you need only heat it up (i.e. pizza or a fully cooked vacuum-packed chicken) as still “home cooked”.
For foods where an ingredient is purchased in bulk, you can count just the amount used. For example, if you only use 1/20th of a can of seasoning to cook something, then only add 1/20th the cost of the whole can.