I have always, always packed my lunch. Even when I was in school, my parents always packed or made us pack our own lunches. One of the main motivations for us packing was cost. Believe it or not, my parents were able to pack us a lunch that was cheaper than the $1.60 school lunches.
Flash forward 15 years, and now if I were to buy lunch it would be at least $10 per lunch! I can certainly pack a lunch for less than that! I try to pack leftovers for Mr. Bird for his lunch, and I used to take leftovers for mine. If we had no leftovers, would would take a bagged salads, which I try to keep on hand ($1.99 each). In my new job, it’s not as easy to heat up a lunch and sit down and eat. I find myself snacking in meetings or grabbing a quick bite in between things. So I have had to adapt my lunch contents! I have been taking crackers, hummus, vegetables, chips & guac or yogurt and so far it is working out ok, although I do miss a nice hot lunch in the middle of the day.
Honestly though, even though packing our lunches saves us THOUSANDS of dollars a year, it is also more convenient. I am never stuck having to go buy food, if I am hungry I have something to eat.
What do you typically do for lunches during the day or at work?