How Much Are You Spending on Lunch Each Week?

cheap lunch ideas
According to the USA Today…

63% of workers spend $40 or less on lunch each week.

25% spend $41 or more on lunch.

11% bring lunch.

Do you bring your lunch?

If you’re trying to save money, and you’re eating lunch out…here’s a simple way to save money: BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Let’s do the math…

$40 a week = $160 a month

$160 a month = $1920 a year

Think of what you could do with an extra $1920 a year!

Take a vacation!

Pay off a credit card!

Buy new furniture!

So, have I convinced you to bring your lunch?


Did I mention that it’s cheaper and healthier to bring your lunch?

Need some cheap lunch ideas?

Think beyond the basic sandwich and try a different types of breads – baguettes, wraps, pitas.

Make a big batch of chicken salad using a Rotisserie Chicken.

Remember the microwave…it’s perfect for reheating leftovers, and here’s the perfect container to bring them in!

Stock up on frozen meals when they’re on sale.

Salad Lover? Grill extra chicken and slice it up to use in all types of salads. Check out this clever salad container that allows you to keep the dressing separate.

Don’t forget about fruit, hard boiled eggs, baby carrots, yogurt, nuts and other healthy snacks!

It will be easier to stick to your new routine if you have a nice variety. When you were going out to lunch everyday, I don’t expect you went to the same restaurant and ordered the same food day after day. Bringing your lunch shouldn’t be any different…mix it up, don’t get stuck in a rut and enjoy the savings!

Your wallet will thank you and your waistline will too!

Please leave a comment to share your favorite lunch ideas.

P.S. – If you’re not ready to give up going out to lunch, why don’t you try giving up just 2 lunches a week? Remember, every little bit adds up!


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