Food Money Saving Tips

Bringing Lunch to Work Can Fatten Your Wallet and Slim Your Waistline

Work has a way of taking over. During a day of meetings, commuting, and miscellaneous tasks, it can seem as though there isn’t enough time to grab lunch–let alone bring lunch. And unless you want to drop $10+ a day on salad/sandwich/dish, bringing lunch is the best option.

Benefits of bringing lunch to work include:

  • Saving money. In the beginning, you may feel like bringing lunch to work is more expensive. If you’re like me, there are some items you buy in bulk-like rice. Keep in mind that a bulk items will last for a long time. As long as you store bulk items well, they can last for quite a bit of time and end up saving you a lot of money.
  • Saving time. Lunch suddenly takes only a few minutes to heat up to be ready. You can then use the extra time you get back to get some more work done, catch up on news, or watch cat videos.
  • Less hassle. You won’t have to wait in line or deal with the rowdy lunch crowd.
  • No surprises. Know exactly what’s in your lunch. Restaurants will often add butter or oil to make things taste better. Even the innocent looking sandwich can be full of additional fat you were completely unaware of.
  • Portion control. Restaurants will often give you way more than one serving. It can take way more self-restraint than you may have to avoid scarfing down the whole plate.

Setting up for a Week of Gourmet Lunches

First things first. You will have to buy something to bring your lunch in. You can use a lunchbox or any containers that will keep your food in one place. You may already have containers if you’ve ordered food. Those containers they package your Chinese food in? Yea, you can 100% wash and reuse them. Next, you’ll have to buy food. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to scope out all the nearby grocery stores. If you do have a local fresh grocer, there’s a good chance that they’re much cheaper than the big supermarket. Buy what you can from the local grocery store and the rest from the supermarket. Next, you’ll want to get to cooking. Use the weekend for meal prep and portion out your food into the containers. If you don’t have enough containers for the full week, you can rewash containers throughout the week.

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