February 24, 2009

TBS Is Trying To Save Money At Lunch

I recently began analyzing 1) how much money we are spending on groceries , 2) how much food I usually throw away and 3) how much I eat out at work for lunch. Needless to say, we're making some big changes in our household. I do admit that I need to be more deliberate in my grocery shopping strategy (yes...even I struggle to stay on track from time to time) and simply need to bring my lunch.

Yesterday, for example, I had a Lean Cuisine Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom panini ($2.25). Those things are GREAT! I wasn't expecting it to be so very tasty. I supplemented with a salad of baby spinach and cherry tomatoes ($1.00) and a Cran-Raspberry La Croix sparkling water ($.29). I felt so very satisfied for $3.55! When I go out for lunch, I usually spend at LEAST $10.

So starting this week, I've begun a self-imposed challenge for a month. With the exception of Fridays, I will bring my lunch each day. I can't wait to share how much I save!

Do you take your lunch to work or eat out? Why do you do one versus the other? Any cost-saving ideas to share?


  1. yay for eating in Cafe Kitchen!

  2. My job provides lunch two days out the week, I bring lunch to work the other two and eat out once a week.

    On a cost savings note, here's a tip for a free lunch. Quiznos is offering one million free subs. You will need to register for the free coupon here: http://www.millionsubs.com/index.php

  3. @KatieT: We HAVE managed to make Cafe' Kitchen chic.

    @Stacy: Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I try to take my lunch at least 3 days a week. DH takes his every day. It really does help. I an am avid coupon clipper and by doing that I have been able to pack some pretty good lunches. So, like KatieT, our Cafe Kitchen is open as well.

  5. Love this post bc I am lunch-bringer too! Helps with a cute monogrammed lunchbag to bring it all in with me :) Side note - LOVE the Lean Cuisine Spa meal of Butternut Squash Ravioli - try it, its a huge fav with my group, doesn't taste like LC at all.


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