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Money Tip: Designate a Day For Buying Lunch

Munching a lunch you brought from home is one of the best ways to keep food costs down. Packing a variety of lunch foods will keep you from abandoning your brown-bag system because of boredom, and if this is already getting old, give yourself a break and designate one day a week for buying lunch.

You should only consider adopting this system if you can afford to buy one lunch each week. If so, make it a day like Wednesday when work seems to pass like molasses. My trick? I keep soup in my drawer so that I have an option if I'm not in the mood to splurge on my assigned day. That way, my lunch-out day isn't wasted.

Setting up one day for buying lunch can motivate you to bring lunch every other day, and gives you something to look forward to — a small price to pay for a little boost in your work week.


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ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 7 years
I designate buying lunch on pay days and it IS a nice treat!!
expresso14 expresso14 7 years
I have a designated lunch day (for some reason it usually winds up being Tuesday) and if I don't bu lunch, I throw the money in my splurge jar for spending later on something bigger.
syako syako 7 years
Monday's are my buy lunch days. :)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Every Friday is my lunch "splurge" day - simply meaning I buy my lunch instead of bringing it.
sontaikle sontaikle 7 years
I rarely buy lunch at my university, and I'm the only one I know who brown-bags it. Everyone comments on my wraps (they always look so good, I can't wait to eat them!) and wishes that they had the time to make lunch rather than spend money on overpriced crap. All you have to do is wake up a little earlier! It's not that hard! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I rarely buy out when I'm at work-save save save.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
That's a really good idea. And if you save it all week you can go out for brunch on the weekend.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I like to go out to lunch with friends on Mondays. Some Mondays that lunch date is the only thing that gets me out of bed.
MsWalton MsWalton 7 years
This is genius! Of course, it makes sense, but it just didn't click. It's so easy to buy lunch instead of bringing lunch from home.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
i started doing this and it works wonders. you have to be careful though if your workload tends to be busy and most of your meetings are during lunch hour b/c my co-workers tend to order delivery in which i'm like okay! even if i brought my lunch....
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
lately i've really done this - i bring a insulated lunch bag with different baggies and containers filled with fruit or veggies and a little sandwich. this way i don't get hungry during the day and get forced to pay more $$
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Too bad that the cafeteria at work doesn't always have great options for food, so I typically pack my lunch every day anyway. It's not too tough for me to think to pack something to eat, so I generally do it every day.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
Good idea. I always designate Payday Fridays for this, but doing it mid-week sounds like an interesting idea.
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