when i lived with my family i took it for granted that cooking is an important skill. the food my family cooked was free for me but when i would go the food would be far from free. it seemed as if cooking was a skill that saved a lot of money.
until i actually moved out and started doing it. i spend time and money shopping. i spend time cooking. and i spend more money buying associated equipment. at the end of the day i now seriously doubt that cooking is actually cheaper than eating out or ordering in as long as you place any sort of value on your time at all. it seems to save only a small amount of money but wastes an enormous amount of time.
this begs the question - is cooking still an important skill to have ? or is it at this point just a hobby like knitting sweaters only more fun ?