That makes perfect sense to me too. I have found that when I eat out, I don't like feeling like I "have" to choose certain things because they are the lowest in points or the cheapest on the menu. I want something that appeals to me. Now, that does not mean that I get fettucine alfredo at the Olive Garden, but if I am at the Olive Garden, dang it! I am not getting a grilled chicken salad. I can fix that at home. LOL I try to strike a balance and that sounds like what you are doing now - save some $$ by taking your lunch, so that when you do get something out, it is what you want.
I really believe that this whole journey for me, was about balance and finding it. For so long, it was all black or white - OP or not OP. There was no middle ground. Finally, I feel like I have found it and that I can eat what I want within reason. I am not deprived of my faves, but I don't eat treats all day every day.