100 Days of Saving on Christmas: Day 13, Make Lunches to Take to Work

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100dayslunchSometimes we just need a reminder on how to save money. In general my hubby packs his lunch, but there are weeks that he gets caught up in going out several times. Once that happens it makes it pretty easy to keep doing that.

No matter where you work, it’s tempting to go out during your lunch break. You’d love a break from your office, fast food sounds yummy, and it’s so convenient! However, going out for lunch is probably a big hole in your budget. Even if you order cheap snack items at fast food places and only spend $3 a day, that’s $15 a week in food that doesn’t taste that great and definitely isn’t good for you. Even if you pack a nice big sandwich, a bag of chips, an apple, and a can of soda, you still won’t be spending as much as you would at a fast food restaurant.

To get into the habit of packing a lunch for work and avoiding the siren call of fast food, pack your lunch for work every night. If you are taking leftovers from dinner, you’ll find it convenient to pack it up immediately after serving the rest of dinner. If you’re taking a sandwich or other lunch items, pack them and stick them in the fridge. After a few weeks, you will be so used to this routine that you won’t even think about it anymore!

You can either use the money you save each week to buy presents and Christmas items as you go, or transfer your savings to a Christmas account and go wild in one big shopping trip!

If you need some creative and new lunch ideas (because brown bagging it can get boring) Check out these Amazon Kindle Lunch Idea books!

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