I cannot even believe that we’re seeing 75 degree temperatures in Pittsburgh in November. It’s blowing my mind, but this is not a complaint by any means. I’ll take whatever I can get to keep sister winter away before she’s invited.
Now if only I had a window in my office…
Speaking of my office…and work…and lunch breaks….
Today’s thrifty tip is all about lunch. More specifically, packing over buying when it comes to eating at work, school, or anywhere else that’s not at home. It’s one of those things where $5-$7 a day doesn’t seem like a lot, but boy does it add up over time!
It really makes so much more sense financially to prepare and pack your lunch and tote it along than to make use of the workplace cafeteria or nearby restaurants for your daily midday meal. I mean, think about it: that sandwich in the cafeteria that cost $4.99 is pretty much equivalent to the ingredients you could buy to make 10 sandwhiches (depending on your tastes I guess..), but you get the picture. It’s as simple as that.
If you’re like me, sandwiches don’t always tickle your fancy and you just want to go for something hot. Well, easy solution! When you’re preparing dinner, just make a little extra so you’ll have guaranteed leftovers to take for lunch the next day! Works like a charm. The same can be done if you go out to eat and inevitably receive a huge portion of whatever you ordered. Don’t force yourself to eat every last morsel, and instead, get two meals out of it by thinking about how exciting it will be to have good food for lunch the next day!
Now of course, sometimes the need for convenience trumps the financially logical answer, so yes, feel free to treat yourself when you feel it’s necessary, but let that be an occasional thing. Thinking ahead plus a little prep work will have your wallet fat and happy.