This week, we’re going to cover how a little planning before you head to the grocery store can really help out your bottom line. One of the toughest things for me to cut out of my expense is going out for lunch. In the evenings, I’d almost always rather check out what’s on TV, or get outside, than get together some food for the next day.
But when noon rolls around that following day, my stomach is growling, and my wallet is getting ready to take the hit.
Like anything, making lunches can become pretty easy – especially if you get in the habit of it. For me, all it takes is 5 minutes of planning before grocery shopping to outline a week’s worth of lunchtime meal plans. Knowing that I’ll make sandwiches for 3 days, and eat leftovers for the other two, takes the mystery out of it – and makes for some easier preparation.
Great Cheap Lunch Tips:
• Use your lunch break at the start of the week to do a little grocery shopping – that’s lunch-specific. It helps to focus on one meal, rather than your entire week of eating.
• Leftovers are your friend. Invest in some easy to wash and carry Tupperware. As you’re cleaning up after dinner, put it in and remember to grab it from the fridge on your way out the door in the morning.
• Switch it up. I know when I bring the same thing for lunch every day for a week, I get sick of it – it’s important to vary your routine to keep home made lunches as fresh and exciting as eating out.
To get serious about reducing your debt, you are going to need to make some simple cuts in your budget. At the end of the month, you won’t remember the bit of time you put into preparing lunches – but you WILL notice the extra money you’ve got left over. (And aren’t those the best kind of leftovers?).
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