It’s late morning, and your stomach starts to grumble. Before staff meeting is even over, your coworkers start discussing lunch plans. With a pang of regret, you know you didn’t bring a lunch, but money is tight. Yet again, you realize you should have planned ahead.
Every day, you can rely on trips to the cafeteria, mobile food trucks or restaurant outings to fill your lunchtime cravings. But any look back at monthly spending will quickly tell you these can be a killer to your budget,and derail any hopes of saving cash regularly.
Enter grocery meals. One of the best things you can do financially is to develop a few good habits that, come lunchtime, will fill your tummy without emptying your bank account. Making lunches ahead of time can stop the leak that is lunchtime spending and put your savings back on track.
Here are five great habits to establish for saving money while away from home every day for lunch.
That means when others return from the restaurant sluggish and complaining of being “too full,” you’ll be empowered and energized --- not to mention a few bucks wealthier.
Lunches for Bunches
If you’re in the position of being responsible for the entire family’s midday meal, take heart; kids and spouses alike will love the same grocery meals you are enjoying. The trick is to double or triple the portions of each pre-prepared meal to stash in the fridge for their morning dash out the door.
Finally, don’t beat yourself up when you find yourself hungry and unprepared. Opt for a quick trip to the nearest grocery store –not restaurant – to pick up a pre-made sandwich or some sushi. And look at the bright side: whenever you do blow the budget on lunches, there’s always tomorrow.
If you have any tips or tricks to save money on your lunches, leave it in the comments below! Or, for more financial hacks, visit us at CESI Solutions.
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