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How to Save Money By Bringing Lunch to Work

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

If you've been trying to cut down on unnecessary spending lately, examining your food budget may be a good idea. You'd be surprised how much money you spend on your meals - this is especially true if you're going out for lunch every afternoon at work. Though five dollars here and there doesn't seem like much at the time, it starts to add up! You could be spending between 100 and 200 dollars a month without even realizing it. The solution? Start brown bagging it. Preparing tasty and satisfying lunches at home is a breeze!

You can't go wrong with a sandwich. Pick up your favorite deli meats, cheese and condiments and prepare your meal the night before going to work. Chances are, you'll be less motivated to make a sandwich in the morning, especially if you're in a hurry, so you're doing yourself a favor by getting it out of the way ahead of time. The sandwich you make may be just as good as what you get at the deli for a fraction of the cost.

If you enjoy cooking, why not double your recipe for dinner? That way, you'll have plenty of leftovers to take to work the next day. Preparing something like chili is great because it can last for days without losing any flavor - just toss a cup in the microwave and you have a delicious, piping hot lunch in no time!

Feel free to bring a Nalgene or another large container of water to the office as well. This way, you won't have to constantly shell out for bottled water. It may be inexpensive, but every bit helps!