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How to Save Money on Packed Lunches

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.

How to Save Money on Packed Lunches

Learn the basics of meal prep.

Meal prep is a great way to save time and money. It's also a good way to eat healthy, and it may help you lose weight. If you're looking for ways to make packing lunches easier, try meal prepping!

Meal prepping basically means cooking meals in advance and storing them for later use. There are lots of benefits: cooked food keeps longer than raw, so if you cook enough at one time, it'll last for days, saving you the hassle of making dinner every night (or reheating something from leftovers). Your dishes will stay fresher longer too—if they're sitting out on the countertop without a lid or plastic wrap covering them, who knows how many germs they could get exposed to? And if they do get grossed out by bacteria-ridden food containers that have been sitting around since yesterday's lunch break at work...well then maybe those guys don't deserve lunch anyway! Plus this way there won't be any chance of forgetting about dipping sauce until after everything else has already been eaten; just pop open your Tupperware container and enjoy!

But meal prepping isn't just convenient: if done properly it can save money too! Imagine spending $10 per day on meals at work instead of $2 per day on ingredients needed for future recipes...that adds up fast!

Buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk is another money-saving option. It’s important to remember that buying in bulk only works for items that you will use, so be sure to take a good look at your own pantry before heading out on a shopping trip.

There are lots of benefits to buying groceries in bulk—for example, if you don’t mind leftovers, buying a large amount of food can save you money on preparing each meal throughout the week. You also won’t have to worry about going out and getting lunch again!

However, if you find yourself with unused portions of food at the end of each week or month (more than likely), there are some things you should do with them:

  • Donate any unopened cans or boxes and dated foods to charity organizations where they will be put to good use by those who need them most.
  • Create some healthy freezer meals by packing up extra portions from dinner time together into reusable containers so that they can be heated up later when needed during busy work weeks or vacations away from home

Repurpose leftovers.

It’s easy to make a whole lot of food, especially if you are hosting or cooking for a large group. Instead of wasting the leftovers, repurpose them by reheating them in the microwave and using them to make an entirely different meal. You can also use leftover cooked meat in tacos or salads, or use your pasta sauce as a dip for veggies (my personal favorite).

Another tip is to use leftovers in a different form—instead of making lasagna from scratch every time you crave it, try using some of your leftover meat sauce as the base for lasagna instead!

If none of these ideas work for you, another great option is to make something totally new out of your leftover ingredients! Even if there isn’t enough of one thing to fill up an entire meal tray at school tomorrow night, there might be enough that could be mixed with other foods like rice and vegetables so they don’t go bad before they are eaten by someone else in your family

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Order from the kids' menu.

If you're looking to save a few bucks on your lunch, consider ordering from the kids' menu. Most restaurants have one and it's often less expensive than the adult fare. And since the restaurant is catering specifically to kids, the portions tend to be smaller and less caloric—which means you can get more food for your buck! Plus, most kids' menus stick with kid-friendly foods like mac & cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches (which are also great options if you're trying to watch your waistline). A bonus: many of these meals come with sides of fruit or veggies too!

As far as price goes, there's usually no difference between an adult meal and a child-sized version—it's usually just a matter of how much food comes with it. You'll pay slightly less per ounce or pound depending on where you go though; some places charge by weight while others charge by volume (such as ounces) so make sure whatever method they use is clear before placing your order!

Stock up on staples.

Stock up on staples like bread, peanut butter and jelly. Buy frozen foods like frozen pizzas, burritos and veggies. Also buy canned foods for lunches—they are super cheap!

Spend less by packing your lunch for work instead of eating out every day.

If you want to save money on your lunches, think about packing food from home instead of eating out. You'll be better off for it!

The average lunch bill at a restaurant is $14 per person. If you eat out every day, this adds up fast—over the course of a year, it costs $2,000! Instead of spending that money on lunch each week, put together a big batch of homemade meals and snacks in advance. When it comes time to take your lunch with you to work or school, simply grab one container at a time as needed. This will significantly reduce both your grocery bills and the amount of garbage being created by all those individually packaged items purchased at restaurants every day (which is just as expensive over time).

You'll also be helping protect our environment by reducing the number of plastic bags sitting around waiting for recycling pickup days or sitting in landfills for thousands upon thousands of years before breaking down into smaller pieces (or not breaking down at all!). By making your own lunches instead of buying prepackaged ones from convenience stores or fast food joints all week long will help keep plastics out our landfills so they don't end up polluting our soil or waterways later down the road."

Packing your own lunch will save you money and help you eat healthier too.

Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money, but it also helps you eat healthier. Here are some tips for packing your own lunch:

  • Get creative with your ingredients.
  • Use reusable containers.
  • Pack meals that don't need refrigeration or heating up in the microwave (like soup or pasta salad).

By following these simple steps, you'll be on your way to saving time and money on packed lunches!


If you're new to meal prep, don't worry! It's a great way to save time and money. You can start with easy recipes like "packable salad" or "toasted sandwich." The more practice you get with these methods, the easier it will be for you to incorporate them into your daily life so that packing a lunch each day becomes second nature.


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.

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