Melissa Wilson and Jonathan Fish spend between $60 and $150 on groceries every two weeks.
“It was costing us about $16 a plate for dinner and a drink, so it adds up quick,” says Wilson, who has been riding shotgun with Fish, her boyfriend, for five years. “Cooking in the truck, we have leftovers most of the time now. We’re saving a lot of money. As a result, we are able to take care of other things we need to take care of.”
And while Wilson and Fish are seeing the financial payoff of cooking in their truck, that’s hardly the only benefit they’re getting.
“Cooking in the truck benefits you in so many ways,” says Wilson. “It adds a whole new dimension to life on the road. We feel better, the food is fresher and it tastes better, not to mention our risk of food poisoning has diminished.”
After a few years on the road, the couple began getting tired of the usual truck stop fare and the damage it was doing to their wallets. But they kept at it—until Wilson’s father gave them a microwave oven as a Christmas gift. “That’s when things started changing for us,” Wilson says. “We tried to eat a little bit better and get more variety in our life.”
In addition to the microwave, the couple has expanded its cooking accessory lineup to include a toaster oven, electric skillets, a crockpot, even an egg cooker for making deviled eggs. Their menu has expanded with each new piece of equipment they’ve bought, too. It now includes everything from taco pie to pork chops.
While the couple loves the money they save by cooking in the truck, the duo gets another, more unexpected reward out of the deal.
“Cooking has enhanced our relationship,” Wilson says. “It’s brought us closer. We plan our meals together. We shop together. We have a lot of fun with it.”