Thousands of dollars are wasted, because we don’t take the time to plan our lunch. If you are going on a road trip, do you wait until you’re on empty to fill your gas tank? We all know that the better plan is to fill-up before you leave. Why do we drop the ball, when it comes to lunch? Is there something in the vending machine that you’re craving? For the next 2 weeks, keep a running total of how much money you are spending on lunch.
When I started school, we went home for lunch. When we started high school, we had choices. I quickly discovered that I could keep more of my allowance, if I brought my lunch. Some lessons we only have to learn once. Almost 70 years later, I’m still bringing my lunch. Two of the most important reasons are; it’s exactly what I wanted and it did not cost a lot of money. Think about it, what gives you the most and sustains you through the rest of your work day?
I have many favorites; sandwiches, soup, salads with protein and my easy favorite is peanut butter on graham crackers. Picture this, I have a lunch kit and it’s always stocked with my soup mix, a container of graham crackers and I use a clean medicine bottle, full of peanut butter. Even when I forget to make a lunch, I always have a lunch. One of my other quick lunches is the chicken salad and crackers in a box. No, I didn’t make it, but it’s only a $1 at the dollar store. That same exact salad may be $3 in the vending machine. Yes we are only talking about $2, but how many times does it take to add up to $10?
Let me tell you about my soup mix, I buy the package and it has 8 servings. Read the package, each serving is 1/4 Cup and to kick up the flavor, I sprinkle in some dry chicken bouillon (1/2 teaspoon). I use the snack size zip bags and measure them all at once. On the days that I want soup, I just dump the powder into a cup and stir in about 6 ounces of hot water, put on the lid and in 6 minutes I have soup.
My all-time favorite sandwich is a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoe. They can get soggy, so I pack the parts, separately and put it together just before I eat it. My next favorite is roast beef and Swiss cheese. I like the very thin sliced beef, so I go to the deli and have them slice it for me. I have a new system for these sandwichs. Because I don’t want the same thing every day, I still get a pound, divide it into sandwich portions, wrap each portion in waxed paper and stack them in a freezer zip bag and freeze. When I decide to make a sandwich, I get just the right amount out of the freezer, thaw it and make my sandwich. When I make dinner, the plan is to have it again for lunch, so I freeze individual servings. I thaw and warm up this meal and put it in my thermos.
I could go on forever, but you need to put on your thinking cap and figure out what you like and what works for you.
I also challenge you to see how much money you’re spending and figure out what you could do with that money? Once you figure it out, please let me know.
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