"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. " Elise Boulding
I was thinking today about how much money I save by taking my lunch to work. Leftovers are what I normally pack, though occasionally I just grab a can of soup and some crackers. There are only a few of us in my office and for the most part we're all in the habit of brown-bagging our lunches. However, sometimes bringing lunch everyday grows boring. Occasionally I need a good restaurant lunch. A soft spot that I have is for Chinese lunch specials, and we have a great carry-out place less than a mile west of the office. I consider Chinese take-out for lunch a great value because the lunch specials contain enough food for 2-3 days worth of lunches. For $5.25 you get soup, an egg roll, a large portion of an entree, and rice. It's a great value! Also, I can get a baked potato and a cup of chili at Wendy's for $2 + tax- you can't beat that for price! It's filling, it's cheap, and it's a lot less strain on your health than a hamburger/fries/soda combo. For an afternoon pick-me-up, Sonic drive-ins offer "Happy Hour" from 2pm-4pm where select drinks are half-price. Those are my "at work" lunches/indulgences without breaking the bank.
What do you do to save money on lunch?