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I went from spending about $100/month feeding myself by eating out all the time, and the next year my housemate was spending $300/month to cook for both of us.

Yeah, but I'll bet your housemate was cooking fancier than your restaurants were; $3/day doesn't buy you much in any of the restaurants I've ever seen, even the ethnic ones. Moreover, if you cook the same sort of bulk, generic food that ethnic restaurants tend to offer, you can do it at home for significantly less than $3/day. That assumes, of course, that you cook it in larger quantities (as the restaurants do) and freeze the extra, as a previous poster pointed out.

Most recipes make between 4 and 8 servings. You can cook three or four dishes on a weekend, to provide bulk, minimize labor overhead and offer variety, and then eat nicely for several weeks on the results.

As far as herbs and spices are concerned, don't worry about buying a "full array"; just buy whatever is called for in the recipe you plan to make. (Read the recipes before you go shopping and make a list.) You will only use a tiny bit of each, but then you'll have them available for the next time you make the same or a similar dish. Pretty soon you'll have an herb and spice collection that matches the recipes you like to cook, with no unneeded varieties and a relatively small fiscal outlay, spread over time.

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