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Money Tip: Keep Empty Tupperware at Your Desk

When I read this suggestion in US News, it served as a reminder to finally follow through with my weekly thoughts to bring Tupperware to the office. Storing a few containers at your desk to take home leftovers from company-sponsored lunches in the office is a smart idea — around here we're constantly getting emails to scoop up leftovers before they're trashed. If nobody takes the food, it will be thrown away anyway, and it's a simple matter of remembering to bring the Tupperware in the first place.

You'll save money by getting another meal out of an already free lunch. You might be self-conscious in taking home leftovers and think your co-workers are judging you, but there's nothing shameful about wasting and spending less. If it's not implied that it's OK to take food home, simply ask the person in charge of cleaning up if you can pack up a doggie bag. Now, time to set a calendar reminder to bring empty containers to the office!


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aistea311 aistea311 8 years
When we have potlucks for the holidays especially! But there are plenty of moochers from the other departments who take the food home or we give it to the overnight crew:)
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
I rarely get free lunches anymore now that our consultants are rolling off our project. :(
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I always do it and get teased for it. I like to explain that I'm single, a teacher, and I don't like to cook. If I can save a couple bucks on a free meal, or three, why not?
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
My old company stopped doing free lunches a few months after I started there. Irked me because I was paid so little it was my one chance to actually eat out and we'd do different types of food each week. And the leftovers usually lasted the rest of the week. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont keep tupperware, but i do have Tin Foil!! comes in handy
chiltongurl chiltongurl 8 years
I keep aluminum foil in my desk and i am actually known for it. People always come to me looking for foil when there are leftovers!
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
That's really smart, but our company stopped free lunches a while ago. :(
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - i've never thought about that before and working in advertising, vendors are ALWAYS bringing in food and the office is 'catering' lunches and breakfasts for meetings. i should really think about this one. the biggest challenge though is that a majority of the time, they bring sandwhiches and things that have meat in them, and that's not my thing being a vegetarian, but i think that if i remember it, i'll bring stuff home for my fiance.
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 8 years
I like the "point out the obvious" reminders. It's such a simple idea, and I'd never think/remember to do this without a push.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Great idea! I work in a doctor's office and there's only 2 of us right now and we get free lunches at least twice a week from drug companies. I need to remember this. :D
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I know Geri ---I didn't take offense.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
Um, I didn't mean for the better yet to be snooty in regards to the foil idea!! I just meant, better than using plastic containers...
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
Better yet, keep a few small glass dishes which are just as convenient as "tubberware" and don't create a heated plastic debate. Excellent options are available at almost any store...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I do this. I actually have foil and I usually use the leftovers for dinner and then my dinner for lunch the next day.
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