I am quite a good cook. I realise not everyone has that talent.. A good meal must not cost much. For example pasta doesnt cost much and home made sauce for pasta does not need to cost much either but it taste very good. I could tell you a few of my simple pasta recipes if you are interested. I do pasta bolognese, pasta with tuna tomato sauce, pasta with gorgonzola cream sauce, pasta just with garlic olive oil sauce and parmesan cheese sprinkles, pasta carbonara (with ham and cream), pasta with tomato sauce and fresh herbs, pasta with spinache sauce, etc. These dishes do not cost much and are delicious especially with plenty of garlic and parmesan on top. Now arguably this is not fancy food as compared expensive dishes like lobster tales etc but it beats fast food anytime. So if money is an issue, then home cooking an be a solution.