Perhaps you’ve entered into the thrifty journey. You’ve mastered being thrifty in the kitchen. Here is the case for a brown bag lunch. When it comes to the weekday lunch rush it’s easy enough to think of your convenient dash to the deli or pizza place as a negligible expense. After all you’re not sitting down to a three-course meal! But deep down, you know it’s no good for your wallet. Perhaps you just need a little convincing.Brown Bag Lunch


Everyone’s got a different lunch preferences, but let’s start with a plain turkey sandwich. Packing a no-cook lunch costs only as much as the bread you buy and the cost of sliced turkey breast purchased at the store. Add a little lettuce, cheese and some mayonnaise and you’ve got a sandwich that is probably costing you no more than $4.00. To buy that same sandwich from the deli will probably cost you twice that. If you make your own bread you can save even more money!Delicious Homemade Bread


Might sound like small change but over the course of a year it adds up! Brown bagging may not sound glamorous but how do you like the sounds of an airline ticket to a tropical sandy beach? You could also pay your cellphone bill for the entire year or take a chunk out of your car insurance payments.


Once you get good at making your sandwiches each day you can get creative with your lunches. If you have access to a microwave at work bring leftovers that you can just heat up for lunch. Go onto Pinterest and look up lunch ideas, you’ll be amazed at the ideas you can find.brown bag lunch


There are many people that will prepare whole weeks worth of lunches on Sunday night. That will not only save you time but it will save you money. Your brown bag lunch will be the envy of your fellow workers!brown bag lunch


Take small steps. Start packing your brown bag lunch and see how much you can save!

7 comments on “The Case For A Brown Bag Lunch

Nancy on April 11, 2017 2:06 pm

Buy brown bag it about four days per week where I work. I’m lucky that since I have basically a hospital cafeteria available we get fairly good deals with an employee discount. I try to pack leftovers but I have found some Frozen high protein organic entrees. I get those for about $3 each at the grocery outlet and I usually pack and apple with it. It’s probably a little bit more than what I could do with plain old leftovers at home but I like the variety. I have a reusable lunch bag I bought a year-and-a-half ago with my own fork and knife and just wash them. Works pretty well for me.

Nancy Wolff on April 11, 2017 8:18 pm

Sounds like you do very well with your lunches!

Amy Christensen on April 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Brown bagging, definitely helps the budget and our health too! Great ideas. – Amy

Anne in the Kitchen on April 14, 2017 6:25 am

I love this! I’ve just returned to work after being out with a long (read as l-o-n-g) injury. It has been hard to find my brown bag rhythm again. I do fine on the nights there are leftovers to take, but I have a hard time getting a sandwich ready. Probably, because I’m not really a big cold sandwich fan. I’m now inspired to get off my tookis and put a more organized plan into practice. Thanks, for the motivation!

Nancy Wolff on April 14, 2017 2:01 pm

Glad you have recovered from your injury and glad to be an inspiration!

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures on April 16, 2017 5:29 pm

Yes, taking my lunch is definitely a nice boost to our budget. I think I make much better food choices, too! Thank you for sharing your post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Katy SkipTheBag on April 16, 2017 10:43 pm

It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions to bring my lunch at least twice a week. I was doing it mostly to save on styrofoam and plastic usage, but it can be healthier and cheaper too!

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