One of the easiest ways to save money is to pack lunches. Say, you eat out everyday with co-workers and you spend $10 each day, that adds up to about $200 per month or $2400 per year! That’s huge! That’s $2400 that could have been invested in a retirement account, or paid off debt. Instead of going out to lunch everyday, why not spend a little time the night before and pack your lunch. It will save you money and calories! Here are some easy ideas for school lunches for the kiddos, or for yourself!
- Classic: Peanut butter and jelly. Who doesn’t love a good ole PB&J? If you’ve tired of this timeless combination, try some variations like peanut butter and banana (my personal favorite), or peanut butter and honey. Branch out and try different nut butters like almond butter or hazelnut spread.
- Chicken salad: Mix chopped chicken (canned or rotisserie), light mayo, nuts, apples, grapes and a little cayenne pepper and you can have great chicken salad to spread on bread, wrap in a tortilla or eat with crackers.
- Salad: In a large container, mix your favorite greens (my favorite is spinach and romaine) with some veggies, nuts, a little cheese and the dressing on the side. When you’re ready to eat, pour in the dressing, put on the top and shake to toss.
- Leftovers: Don’t throw out the leftovers from dinner the night before! Pop them in a container and it will be easy to grab and go in the morning.
Hope that gives you a few ideas to get you started saving!