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Cheap Lunch Ideas For Eating on a Budget

By April 14, 2020 April 15th, 2020 No Comments
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 the average household spent over 10% of their annual income on food. That is on average $7,923 per year! About half of that budget is usually spent eating out. These statistics prove that if you are careful with your money when it comes to eating out you could save thousands every year!cheap food ideas

Working Americans can often find it difficult to stay within their food budget because they end up eating out so frequently. Americans are eating out more and more frequently every year. This is especially true of America’s busy working class. Here are some simple ideas that will help you save money when it comes to eating lunch.

 

Bring leftovers to work!

 


No matter how hard we try to cook the perfect portion sizes, we almost always end up cooking too much. Most of the time we end up throwing the extra food into a Tupperware and forgetting about it until it has gone bad in the fridge. However, bringing this food to work as a premade lunch allows you to save money, eating something you would probably end up throwing out. 

Leftovers tupperware for cheap lunch Preplan your meals at the beginning of the week.

 

You know what they say, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” A simple meal plan at the beginning of the week could save you thousands of dollars you would have spent going out. If you use a meal planner you will be more reasonable with your food choices and easily stay within your budget. 

 

If you are going to eat out, take advantage of delivery options. 

 

Time is money! Lunch can often become a time and money waster. It is very easy to let time get away from you, especially when you decide to go out for lunch. If you use a delivery service such as Apple Spice, you can have your food delivered right to your workspace, so you don’t have to spend any unnecessary time deciding where to eat, waiting for your food to be made and traveling back to the office.