Cooking is the type of practice that you either love or hate. Some people spend thousands of hours watching the Food Network and can’t wait to try that new recipe, while others would prefer to get take-out or try the newest “Uber for Food” app and watch the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie.

Both know the joy of eating but only the former know the zen of preparing your own meal.

Taste is entirely subjective and as such one person’s street food is another’s Mario Batali. Cooking one’s own food allow them to perfect their meals. Every iteration improves on the last. Cooking your own food also gives you a level of control. You can only send back your steak twice before you’re never allowed back at a restaurant.

Cooking is a creative outlet. Obviously, the aesthetics of a strong presentation followed by a compulsory Instagram photo have a certain artistic element to them, but unique flavor combinations allow chefs to explore new possibilities and express themselves.

A recent study found that eating out at restaurants is no healthier than eating fast-food, so Seamless fans are often no healthier than your college frat guy ordering pizza every night. Cooking on the other hand is almost always healthier. Making tasty and healthy food is difficult but you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Challenging yourself to make tasty, healthy food will make you a better chef, a healthier chef and the enviable person at your next pot luck.

The one big advantage above all others is saving money. If you are the type of person that looks back at your spending each month you aren’t going out to eat often. Anyone that watches every penny knows the advantage of cooking or yourself. As soon as you start seeing how much you spend on food each month you will likely start cooking for yourself and skipping that morning Starbucks as well.