Bring Your Lunch to Work

by Justin Weinger on September 22, 2006

Over the course of a year, it’s amazing how much money people spend on eating out, and one of the places you’re most likely to spend a bunch of money is on lunch at work.

That’s why you should bring your lunch to work, and save a lot of money.

If you go to a fast food restaurant to get lunch, chances are you’re going to spend between $6 and $10 a day, which over the course of a year adds up to between $1,500 and $2,500 per year.  If you go some place a little more upscale, you can expect to pay $12 to $20 per day, which adds up to $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

Now, let’s see how much it’ll cost for you to bring your lunch instead:

  • Sandwich = Less than $1.50, including bread, lunch meat, etc.
  • Banana = Less than $.25
  • Apple = Less than $.35
  • Soda = Less than $.25
  • Peanut butter crackers = Less than $.35

Well, I guess you now know what I eat for lunch!

Anyway, this lunch, which does a good job of holding me over, cost less than $3 to make.  Over the course of a year, that’s a cost of $750, which could save you over $4,000 per year!

As an added bonus, you don’t have to waste time driving back and forth between the office and where you get the food.  Plus, you’re probably going to end up eating healthier if you bring your own food as opposed to going out.

While it may be true that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t get a cheap lunch!


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