And the constant eating out and ordering pizza, Chinese, etc. That's a ticket for the poorhouse right there. You'd think a young woman with a child to raise would have learned to cook the way Lorelai learned to sew. But when you look at their living conditions at the Independence, when they were living in the gardeners shack, there was no kitchen. So, maybe her learning to cook was delayed by that, she still moved into a house when Rory was eleven, you'd think at that point, for the sake of her child she would want to make healthy, home cooked meals. It would have been an important life skill for Rory to learn too.