The Great Lunch Challenge

How often are you buying lunch at work?  I see so many people walking down to the cafeteria or heading out to their cars around lunch time.  Buying lunch is an easy trap to fall into – it’s usually relatively inexpensive and it’s super convenient.  But let’s say that on average you’re spending $5 on lunch, going out 3x a week.  That’s $60 a month, or $720 a year, just to buy lunch at work!  

Packing a lunch doesn’t have to be a hassle.  What I’ve found is the easiest thing to do is just make larger dinners then save the leftovers for the next day’s lunch.  This also has the potential benefit of being healthier – your leftover stir fry is probably better for you than the fast food burger you usually have.  I would also recommend having your lunch packed and ready to go the night before.  When that alarm goes off in the morning and you still have a lunch to pack, it’s going to be too easy to decide to just buy lunch instead.  Set yourself up for success!

Challenge yourself to try to bring lunch to work everyday for the next week.  I bet you’ll find it easier than you think, especially when your credit card bill comes back lower than usual.


  • Pack your lunch the night before
  • Embrace dinner leftovers
  • Have PB&J supplies on hand in for those nights when you don’t end up with leftovers.
  • Have an emergency back up stored at your desk.  I keep a package of ramen in a container at my desk.  It’s not particularly healthy or exciting, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.
  • Keep snacks at your desk – almonds are a great option
  • Look around online for lunch ideas if you get bored and need some variety

One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to cut out going out for lunch entirely.  There will be some lunches where it’s worth going out to help build and maintain relationships with coworkers and friends.

What are some of your lunch packing tips?  Drop a note in the comments!

2 thoughts on “The Great Lunch Challenge

  • When I make a lot of something, I would freeze it in containers so I would have several lunches. Sometimes purposely making a large amount for those meals that make excellent lunches.

    • That’s a great idea! Meal prepping and making large quantities of a certain dish is a great way to make packing a lunch easy.

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