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How to Save Money on Lunch

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

If you want to save money and have more exciting lunches, then try these tips:

Bring your lunch from home

  • Bringing your lunch from home is the best way to save money on lunch.
  • Lunch is typically a busy time of day. The last thing you want is to have to wait in line at the local sandwich shop, or even worse, deal with the crowds at your favorite fast-food chain. Plus, who wants to spend their time off work standing around eating instead of spending it doing something fun?
  • The only things you need to bring are a plastic container and freezer packs. These can easily be bought at any grocery store or online (I recommend buying them online since they're cheaper). You may also want some reusable utensils if you don't want your office mates seeing those dirty old spoons from last week's leftover soup sitting on top of your desk all day long!

Bring leftovers from dinner

One of the best ways to save money on lunch is by bringing leftovers from dinner the night before. Leftovers can be eaten cold or warmed up with a microwave, depending on your preference and schedule. If you plan ahead enough, you can even freeze some of your leftovers and eat them later in the week!

If you're looking for a new way to use up those extra portions of food that might otherwise go bad, try making lunchbox recipes out of them! These recipes are easy for kids and adults alike—you'll find plenty here that include some form of meat/beans/rice/pasta/potatoes (the most common ingredients).

A high-quality water bottle saves money and helps you stay hydrated.

A high-quality water bottle is a great tool for staying hydrated, saving money, and reducing waste.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Water bottles are a good way to stay healthy. You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. If you're having trouble remembering to drink your daily recommended amount, consider purchasing a reusable water bottle to help keep you on track!
  • Water bottles save time and money by eliminating the need for trips to the store or vending machine throughout the day—and they'll reduce your carbon footprint too!

Use a crockpot or an Instant Pot to make a make-ahead meal for the week.

There are two main appliances that can help you make a meal in advance, and they're both super useful at saving time and money. A crockpot is a slow cooker, while an Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. Both will let you cook meals in bulk so you can eat them for lunch for the rest of the week—or even freeze them for later!

If you have a crockpot or an Instant Pot (or both!), here are some recipes worth trying:

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  • Soups and stews
  • Braises

Make soups, salads, or stews that can be prepared on the weekend and enjoyed during the week.

You can save money on lunch by making soups, salads, or stews that can be prepared on the weekend and enjoyed during the week. You can make a big batch of soup and freeze it in individual containers. This will save you time during the week when you want a quick lunch. You could also make a big batch of salad dressing and store it in the fridge so that every time you want to eat salad, all you need to do is pour on some dressing! If you’re feeling more ambitious than usual one weekend afternoon, try making a big pot of stew and freezing it in individual containers for later use (just remember to thaw out in advance).

Think beyond sandwiches as a lunch option.

Sandwiches are a good way to use up leftovers, but they're not the only option. If you're looking for something new, try these ideas:

  • Make a salad instead of having sandwiches at lunchtime
  • Use your home-made pizza dough as an alternative to bread or tortillas
  • Use a vegetable peeler to make thin slices of cheese so that it's easy to have a small snack in the afternoon

It is possible to make your own lunch if you prepare ahead of time.

It is possible to make your own lunch if you prepare ahead of time. The first step is to decide what it is that you want to eat, and how much of it you'll need for the whole week. Most people eat more than they need at lunchtime, so keep that in mind as well.

Once you've made those decisions, all you need to do is plan out how much time each day it will take to prepare your food for the week. Then gather up some containers or plastic bags depending on what type of food needs packaging up (i.e., meat) and go shopping!


Hopefully, this article has provided some inspiration for how to save money on lunch. The key takeaway is that making your own food doesn't have to be a difficult or time-consuming process — even if you're on the go! With some planning and preparation, you can easily keep yourself fed without spending tons of cash.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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