10 Best Frugal Lunches to Pack for Work

It drives me nuts that my husband will leave home without packing his lunch for work, so I try to plan ahead and get something organized for him so that he doesn’t eat out.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  It can save some serious cash though, so I prefer he take his lunch.  Here are 10 Best Frugal Work Lunches to Pack if you are in need of some ideas:

10 Best Frugal Work Lunches to Pack

Bringing packed lunches to work can save some serious cash. If you are looking for ideas on what frugal work lunches to pack, then here are a few recommendations.

Make a Soup
Soups are easy to make. There are many available preparations in the store including cream of corn and cream of mushroom. These do not require lengthy cooking; you can just add water to them and heat them in the microwave oven. Keep them warm by storing them in a thermos.

Add Bread
If you are not satisfied with just soup, then bring some bread. If you are health-conscious, buy the whole wheat variety because of the added fiber. Bring aloaf to work and kep it there if you can.

Prepare a Sandwich
An egg, several strips of lettuce and 2-3 slices of tomato, with or without dressing, can be very satisfying. Aside from giving you carbohydrates and protein, this lunch also gives you fiber and vitamins. You can add variety to your sandwich by adding pickles or using chicken strips instead of an egg.

Bring Oatmeal and a Small Carton of Milk
If your workplace has a microwave oven for employee use, then you can bring some oatmeal and a small carton of milk. Oatmeal provides a satisfying meal and, if you add milk, you increase the amount of nutrients can consume and give you more energy for the day.

Prepare a Salad
A simple salad is easy enough to make with the right fresh ingredients. You can also add dressing and pasta if you prefer.

Eat Fruits
The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can be applied to work lunches. Try a variety by experimenting with other fruits so you don’t get bored and go for the fatty foods. You can even combine them to create your own fruit salad (apples, pineapples, cherries, melon, etc.).

Bake and Pack
There are different foods that can be baked on the weekend and brought to work for lunch during the weekdays. For example, muffins and cookies can be baked on Sunday, and you can have 2 or three of them for lunch on Monday. Put them in plastic bags to preserve their freshness.

Make and Bring Granola Bars
Granola bars are made by mixing granola, dried fruit, butter or margarine, forming them into bars, and baking them. Like cookies and muffins, these can also be put in plastic bags. Bring 2-3 bars or the amount that you think you will find satisfying.

Eat Leftovers
The food from last night can still be eaten today as long as it is properly stored and kept inside a fridge. This is one way of making sure you do not waste good food and good money.

Bring Your Own Drinks
Buying fruit juices in bulk and bringing one to work each day is a great way of saving money. If you do not like fruit juices, you can also bring packs of coffee, or you can simply bring water.

These are just some ideas to prepare work lunches. With a little thought, a few cheaper meals a week can add up!

This post was reprinted with permission from NotMadeofMoney.com

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