Finding ways to save money in your budget doesn’t always have to be a big change. Sometimes all it takes is small consistent new habits to make a big difference.
We decided that instead of having my husband go out to eat lunch with his coworkers every day we would instead pack him a lunch to take. We usually put in leftovers from dinner and some fruit or a salad. I added up how much this saved us over a year. I estimated we spend about $3 a day on the lunch he takes to work. He works approximately 250 days out of the year making it $750 spending on lunch. If he were to go out to eat with his coworkers we estimated he would spend about $7 a day making it $1,750 a year for lunch. So, just by packing a lunch for work we are saving $1,000 a year! Think about this savings in long term value. In 5 years we have saved $5,000. In 10 years we have saved $10,000! The savings over time is huge!
If you have school aged kids you can also save a large amount of money if you pack them a lunch instead of having them buy a hot lunch at school. I spend about $1 per kid for each lunch I pack them. I have two school aged kids so that comes to spending $80 a year on school lunches for them. If I were to buy a hot school lunch the total yearly cost would be $220 a year. So by packing them a lunch we are saving $140 a year. This isn’t a huge amount, but every single dollar makes a difference when you are on a budget.
These are our two easy secrets that have saved us over a $1,000 a year. By the time all of my kids will have graduated from high school it will be over a $15,000 savings! What lunch money saving secrets do you have?