Are we really saving any money? Either way, money has to be spent right? Not to mention the extra time you have to make for cooking prior to going to work. Any thoughts?
I think your savings will all depend on exactly what you're eating. If you're sticking to the dollar menu at McDonalds you just could end up spending less money than you would if you are making an elaborate lunch to have at work. One thing is for sure though... you can definitely easily save buy bringing in your drinks rather than buying them out. A 20 oz. drink in the vending machines at work cost more than the 2 liters at the grocery store on sale!
When figuring out how much you're spending eating out versus bringing your own lunch don't forget to factor in the gas spent driving to restaurants during your lunch hour.
When looking at the time you're spending, don't forget to count your driving time or the time spent waiting for your food at a restaurant versus the time spent grocery shopping and packing a lunch at home.
Overall, the time spent packing a lunch is worth it in my eyes due to the significant amount of money you can save.
The way I eat, I save tons of money packing lunch.
I usually pack leftover from dinner, like roasted chicken and green beans, with Tuscany bread and fresh fruit.
It would be much more expensive to buy each day a lunch like that.
To make packing quick, I store leftovers in the refrigerator in portion size plastic containers.
In NZ we've always believed that financially, it is far more prudent to 'put your money to work' rather than expecting food to work!
edit: Mind you.. thinking about, as people, we are referred to as Kiwis!
All in all - I really think you save more money, time, gas and other factors by bringing in your own lunch or snack. It probably would be nore nutritional, you know what is in it, you know who made it and you know what you like instead of being surprised by something you thought you might like and don't.
I don't know about anyone else but I ran some numbers when I still worked in the office instead of at home. In the office I'd run about $200-$300 every two weeks on food, snacks, sodas, etc. Since I started working from home, I spend about $100 to $120 every 2 weeks in groceries. Of course it's just me and my wife so your mileage might vary depending on how large your family is.
It depends on what you are eating for sure. But a home made meal is "usually" healthier than take out.
Also if you are a germaphobe you don't have to worry about the food preparers at the take out giving you something that is dirty, passed its expiration date, was sneezed on, nasal deposits falling in it by accident, hair follicles from others, bare hands (jack in the box (**cough **cough) preparing your food, food it not low cal, wasting time to go get it at the establishment, paying tax on it.
by realtalk2472 years ago
Saving money is fun! If you consider saving money a chore, your likelihood of being successful budgeting is slim to none. There are fun ways to save money. Make it a challenge to cook like a chef at home...
by Jimbo'daNimbo4 years ago
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government … -for-lunchJust being 3 dollars behind on school lunch gets your kid a lunch of a hard boiled eggs crackers and milk.But don't worry you can talk to the school board if...
by first million8 years ago
is anyone able save money?
by Dan Harmon3 years ago
I just got notice that my unemployment insurance will be cut 10.7%, indefinitely. My son, working for the Bureau of Reclamation, is picking up the work of an employee that will not be hired to fill a vacant spot...
by Sophia Angelique4 years ago
From Forbes Magazine.http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2 … ack-obama/Quote: "So, how have the Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy into the whole “Obama as big spender” narrative?...
by mandiedq8 years ago
I'm a coupon addict. I love <snipped link>. Looking for other great deal sites. What sites do you love and what makes them great?
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.