That is similar to the way that I grew up.We don't use any credit cards for places that charge us to use them. I can't remember the last time we ate out. Maybe a couple years ago, maybe once a year, or twice. We carry food when we travel and we plan ahead for staying at hotels or relatives homes, or we cook for them. I don't miss it and I would miss it even less if the wait staff was disgruntled or managers struggling. I don't see any point in inviting frustration into our lives.
I know that our choices are not for everyone. It can be fun to not have to cook or clean our meals given the right atmosphere. Sometimes restaurants make foods that are more complicated or time consuming than we might want to do in our own kitchens, I hear that. Trying new ethnic foods we've never tried before can open up new culinary experiences for us. Sometimes trying to recreate some of the new or more complicated dishes in our own kitchens is the adventure.
It was common to pack food for a trip or stop in a small town market and buy a few things to make a meal on the fly.
As prices rise, I think more and more people will return to that way of life. The typical restaurant fast stood simply doesn’t have enough bang for the bucks.