Recent studies have shown that weekday packed lunches are no longer just for the kids. More and more adults are “brown bagging” as a result of the economy.

Although it may be becoming more popular because people want to save money, it also can serve for healthier eating habits. You are able to control the amount of calories you take in, serving size, and the ingredients you use.

Not sure what to pack and think pb&j sounds too boring? Try making dinner portions bigger so you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day, or even the rest of the week. Just google “leftovers” and the recipes are endless. A great source for making meals that will last throughout the week is FoodNetwork’s Robin Miller. She, among many other people, have great, creative recipes that are both diverse, and much healthier, than choosing different fast food places for lunch ideas.

Bringing your lunch to work saves you more money than you might think. Even if you only spend $5 a day, that is $25 a week,  $100 a month and $1200 a year! And most any sit down restaurant is going to cost you more than $5 – meal prices at fast food restaurants average $5-8 a meal.

So if you’re looking to save a few bucks, get creative with bringing your lunch to work. It’s one of the easiest ways to start cutting personal costs and save money.

 

A FEW MORE REASONS TO PACK YOUR LUNCH

Be green—think of all the fast-food packaging that gets used and thrown away ever day.

Old school—pack your favs from when you were a kid – brings back memories from the lunchroom.

Nutritional value—packing your own lunch allows you to control what you’re taking in

Saving money—lets face it, in this economy we could all benefit from saving a few dollars here and there