I am always looking for ways to save money and this post on the benefits of bringing lunch to work aims to do just that and more.
The money spent on lunch constitutes a significant portion of the budget or ordinary Americans.
A decent lunch should set you back by about $5-$10 daily. That should add up to about $25-$50 per week and $1300-$2600 per year.
This is money that we would all be better off saving or investing.
If you think this is a small amount think of what $1000 investment in the Amazon IPO in 1997 is now.
According to the CNBC, if you had invested $1000 in Amazon in 1997 it will now be worth over $1.3 million.
This is why it makes no sense to spend all that money on lunch when you can invest it and reap the benefit later.
Benefits of Bringing lunch to work
Below are some of the benefits of bringing lunch to work.
Benefits of Bringing lunch to work
1. Save money
It is far cheaper to prepare your own lunch at home than buying it at a restaurant.
Of course, you may have to spend a little bit more on your groceries but that is nothing compared to buying lunch.
Because you are now buying more you can take advantage of sales at your favorite supermarket.
You can buy directly from farmers if you live close to farms.
Here you have some control over your costs which you lose when you buy from a restaurant.
It is, therefore, a straight forward choice between spending more by buying lunch or spending little by preparing it at home.
2. You will eat more healthy meals.
By preparing your own lunch you control the nutrition content of your food.
You can make sure that you have a balanced meal which is difficult to do when someone else prepares food for you.
At home, you can control the amount of cooking oil you use which is not the case in a restaurant.
While the rich can go to good restaurants where the food is much better the common man will go to take away and buy deep-fried food.
No wonder we have an obesity epidemic.
I think it is high time the government intervened and sorted out this mess.
Failure to act has lead to an increase in cardiovascular diseases that continue to trouble us.
3. It can help you lose weight.
If you cook your own food you can control the amount of calories, etc you consume.
You can control the portions of food that are high in calories.
This is difficult to do if you are buying food from a restaurant.
It is rare to find special meals in a restaurant.
Therefore it makes sense to prepare your own food when you are trying to lose weight.
4. You reduce food waste
When you prepare your own food you can control your portions based on your needs and how much you usually eat.
This control is lost when you buy in a restaurant.
You are more likely to get more food than you need leading to waste.
This waste has to be processed somehow and that is a cost for the local government in your area.
And if this was not enough there is a problem of greenhouse gases from food waste.
The earth will be better off if we all reduced food waste.
5. You will have more time to rest and chat.
When you buy food you lose time by going to the restaurant or take away restaurant.
This is time you can use to rest and chat with colleagues at work.
If you are single this could be the time to find the love of your life.
As a blogger, I also use lunchtime to work on my blogs.
For others, it can also be a wonderful opportunity to earn money online through surveys, etc using the money-making apps on your phone..
Time is money and we need to use it wisely.
What are good cold lunch ideas?
Here are a few ideas to help you as you plan for your good cold lunch.
Prepare the bulk of your lunch the day before.
You obviously don’t want to be scrambling for lunch in the morning when you are preparing your kids etc.
It is, therefore, better to prepare the bulk of your lunch box in the evenings.
Do all the grating of your carrots, cutting of vegetables, etc during that time.
Consider doubling your dinner
Doubling your dinner means you will have leftovers that you can pack in your lunch box.
You will, therefore, avoid having to prepare your lunch box meal separately. I prefer that as I am not a big fan of cooking in the morning.
Use a lunchbox you like.
At least this will give you some extra motivation to bring lunch to work. After all your food will be in your favorite container.
Focus on the benefits
When you feel like giving up focus on the benefits of bringing lunch to work.
The money you are saving and the health benefits of preparing your own nutritious food.
We all need some motivation to keep doing the right things and the benefits will keep you motivated.
Stock up on your veggies and other staples keep them refrigerated.
If you are like me who prefers to use leftovers from dinner for my lunch then you need to consider stocking up on your veggies.
You can buy them over the weekend and stock up in your refrigerator.
In the morning you can just prepare some salad from these veggies and add them to your leftovers and be ready to go.
Below are some links to some wonderful lunch ideas.
Roasted Salmon with Green Beans and Tomatoes
I am someone who loves beans and would definitely enjoy this very much. I will give this recipe a try.
Chicken and Red Plum Salad
For those who like chicken salads, this is for you. It definitely looks yummy even though I don’t eat chicken meat.
I hope I have now managed to convince you of the benefits of bringing lunch to work. It will save you money and possibly your own health.
Besides, you will once again control what you put into your body. You won’t surrender this important area of your life to fast food restaurants.