DH and I have been trying an experiment. He has usually been eating lunches at the hospital cafeteria and just putting them on his ID and the money gets taken out of his paycheck. Somehow in the last few weeks, I convinced him that in order to start making headway on paying off our debts, we should both be taking packed lunches. (I’ve been taking sack lunches to work, for the most part, for a couple years. Every once in awhile I fall off the bandwagon and buy a lunch or two, or I forget to bring mine, but for the most part I’ve been packing my own lunches.)
Well, today I checked to see how his direct deposit looked – and I was so happy at what we’d saved by having him pack lunches, too! I figure I save a lot, too. Most of the places I would eat around my office if I ate out run about $6 per lunch. So that would be approximately $25 for a 4-day week that I’m saving ($50 per pay period). For him, it’s comparable – but maybe more.
So – packed lunches pay off, everyone! For more frugal tips, visit Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.
In a future post, I’ll talk about how I cook for those packed lunches, how I’ve greened up my own lunch-bag habits, and more! (I’ve only been packing BOTH of our lunches for about 3 weeks, so give me a little more time to figure out my schedule on packed lunch planning!)