I am absolutely terrible when it comes to bringing a lunch to work. Whether it be because I’m lazy or because a sandwich just doesn’t do it for me, I buy lunch almost every single day. Food-wise I love it, even if it does mean the same sub everyday. I’m a picky eater, so really that doesn’t bother me. The issue is the money - because that sub, which may be ever so tasty, also costs me almost 10 bucks a day. Do the math people, that’s an easy $50 bucks a week! $200 bucks a month on lunches? That’s insane.
I always vow to change this and fail after a half a week or so. To make this issue more obvious I’m sharing my experience and showing you just how insane this bad habit can be. It took patience, more time and a little bit of planning but hello savings!
Now it may look like I’m over-exaggerating but I am most definitely not. My boyfriend and I are all for the sales so when bringing lunch it turns out to be super cheap. Here’s the explanation:
- Tuna we usually get when it’s on sale for a dollar and bread $2.50. When I’m only using a couple slices and half a can of tuna you can see how it would come down to less than a dollar.
- Pizza is generally about $10 for a medium, so divide that by 8 pieces and it’s about $1.25 a slice (I had 2 slices for lunch)
- Pasta we always get on sale when it’s a dollar and same with the sauce. I don’t even use half of either so it’s definitely less than a dollar.
I realize it’s one day less but you can absolutely see savings. I also didn’t include snacks in the above as I eat the same snacks a day whether I buy lunch or not. So case in point – bringing lunch is key!
Goal for this week – buying lunch only once (which I’ve already done).