There are so many people these days that don’t have enough time for anything other than work. This is why so many people forget to pack their lunch and decide to go out all the time. They really don’t realize what that is doing to their wallet. So on average one person usually spends about $20 a day and $1043 a year just on takeout lunch. Just think if you and your spouse both do this. This also doesn’t include if you both stop to get coffee or another kind of drink every morning.
When it comes to lunches and coffee just figure out a little bit of time in your day to make stuff at home and bring it with you to work or to school. You could save a ton of money doing this instead of going out every day. If you have to just take 20 minutes a day to see what you have in your home to make lunches for the family for the week. Or if you don’t have time then just do it on your day off from work. You can also get the whole family to pitch in to help with the load.
There are so many ideas out there that you could choose to make and have for the whole week and even do this on a budget. The key to all of this is just being able to set aside a few moments of your time a week and plan stuff out. Also, you can make extra stuff for dinner this week and take that with you too. The possibilities are endless. So here are a few recipes that are good and delicious for you and the rest of the family.
- Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich
This one is a no brainer. All you need to get is your favorite kind of bread, peanut butter, and jelly and get ready to roll. You could add some celery or carrots to bring along with you for an added snack.
- Turkey and Cheese sandwich
This is another no brainer to make. All you have to get is your favorite kind of turkey or other lunch meat, some cheese and any other fixings you want. You can throw in a few chips or for a bit healthier snack some apple slices.
A salad is a very healthy way to go and its super cheap. Add anything you want to make your salad the best for you. You can add chicken, cheese or even fish. The possibilities are endless.
- Soup of choice
Soup of choice is good because there are so many different ones that you can make. It’s up to you if you’d want to make your own or just go buy a can at the store. I would recommend making your own because you know what is in it and you can control the salt levels.
- Chicken Salad Sandwich
With the chicken salad sandwich, you can use chicken that you could have put in the crockpot or just go get a rotisserie from the store. You can add what you want to it. There are so many different recipes out there for this one or you can just put your own spin on it.
- Left over food from the night before
So this is one of the best ways to save on money and to eat all of the leftovers in the house. This can be a big range of things that you can bring so use your imagination.
- Black bean and Corn Burritos
This one could be one of the easiest meals to make. All you have to do is mix the beans with the corn and add anything else to it. Put it in a wrap and you are done. Easy lunch and good for you.
- Make Your Own Lunchables
Make your own Lunchables is one that you can be very creative about. You can put a choice of lunch meat, cheese, crackers and even a small extra snack on the side.
- Oatmeal with Fruit
I know this one may sound like something for breakfast but it can be eaten any time of the day. It is good for you and it will help you stay full longer. Also, you can add any kind of fruit as well.
- Hummus With Veggies
There are all kinds of hummus out there and you can also make your own. It’s pretty easy to make on your own and you get to control what goes in it. The second thing is that you can use any kind of vegetables that you would like because hummus goes with all of them.
- Bagels With cream cheese
Bagels with cream cheese can go a long way as well. They make all kinds of cream cheese to spread on them and also they make all kinds of bagels. You get to pick and choose what you want to take with you.
- Pasta Salad
So with pasta salad you can add anything to this as well. Find your favorite kind and make it ahead of time to let the flavors marry together longer. You could also put this on bread and eat it or just have it as the main dish for lunch.
- Taco salad in a Jar
This is a good make ahead meal. You put everything you need in a jar and take it on the go. All you have to do is shake it up and eat away.
- Yogurt With Fruit
Yogurt and fruit can be made up a lot of different ways. You can add as much or less fruit and granola to it or actually just eat the yogurt plain. This is another lunch item that can very affordable and good for you.
- Corn Dog Muffins
These little muffins will be a great little lunch snack for anyone. They will give you the protein you need with a little kick of sweetness. They are small and easy to eat a little lunch snack for the whole family.
These are just a few suggestions that I thought might help anyone that needs a few lunch ideas on the cheap. This can save you a ton of money in the long run. What kind of cheap lunch ideas do you have?