In my experience, it’s one of the most difficult ways to cut corners.
But if you can find the willpower to take your lunch to work–and actually eat it rather than picking up lunch at Chick-fil-A or going to Texas Roadhouse with your favorite co-worker–doing so is one of the fastest ways you can save money.
Over the years, I’ve had a number of incredibly stressful jobs. Since my first day of work at a full-time job in 1999, I have spent the lunches of those days eating out. I don’t regret them all. I have fond memories of eating lunch with some co-workers that I loved (and now miss) dearly.
But friends are what made those lunch dates special, not the food. And since more often than not, we had take-out or picked up food in the drive-through anyway, the location wasn’t of importance.
I estimate that I could have saved well over a thousand dollars a year during those work years had I just taken food from home. And it didn’t have to be bad food! I could have taken yummy leftovers from a previous night’s dinner. I could have even prepared and frozen special lunches during the weekends.
So if you’re looking for ways to save money, consider taking your lunch to work. Figure that, even if you just eat off the dollar menu at a fast food restaurant, you can save a couple of dollars every time you go out to lunch, even taking into account the money you will spend making food at home.
How Often Do You Eat Out?
Do you eat out during your work day? How often? How much money could you save taking food from home to work? Let me hear from you in the comments!