Work lunches are probably one of the biggest money suckers out there for professional millennials. It’s definitely my biggest expense after major necessities (rent, gas, phone, etc.). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for spending money on delicious food and the occasional fine dining experience. But work lunches aren’t something we really take the time to enjoy, especially if we’re just scarfing it down while multitasking at our desk. We tend to grab something that’s quick and easy without giving it much thought. But at $8-$12 a meal, before you know it, you’ve mindlessly spent $50+ a week just on work lunches!
I’ve tried to remedy this in the past by bringing lunch from home but I was never able to keep it up consistently. I didn’t always have the time to cook the night before and bringing something simple (like a cold sandwich) wasn’t very appealing. I realized that after a morning of work, I tend to crave something hot and hearty.
The best solution I’ve found so far is microwavable lunches. In particular, Lean Cuisines. They’re quick, easy AND affordable. My local grocery store sells them for $2.50 on sale. I don’t eat them every day. But for those days I’m not craving anything in particular (which is most days), they’re perfect. And since my work has a freezer, I always keep 2 or 3 of them in stock.
If you’ve been spending more than you’d like on work lunches, why not give this method a shot? I’ve already convinced a few of my colleagues to follow suit ;).