For the first time ever we’re having to make packed lunches and I’m panicking slightly about the extra cost . . .
Super Thrifty Lunch Box Ideas – My husband started a new job this week and for the first time since we’ve been together he needs to take a packed lunch with him. We’ve been so used to him getting a hot meal at work that it’s not something we’ve ever had to give any consideration too. He’s also started his new job super quickly so I was in a bit of panic about what to buy – while he’s actually earning more I don’t want to suddenly be spending an extra twenty quid a week on lunch box bits and bobs. We’re hoping to get away with adding around £1 a day to our food budget to allow for this.
Also, if I’m honest, he’s a bit of a fussy bugger – he won’t eat certain things cold, doesn’t like most flavours of soup, doesn’t like pasta salad – the list goes on and on.
So, I did what any personal finance blogger would do is this situation – asked my lovely money blogger friends for their suggestions and of course they didn’t disappoint!
Here they share their ideas for Super Thrifty Lunch Box Ideas – which will hopefully give you some inspiration too.
This post gives Katy’s top tips for preparing Salads in advance – making up several salads on a Sunday night is great way to be both thrifty and organzied. I also love her suggestion of using different pots for the all different ingredients to prevent them from going soggy.
Faith Archer, who blogs at Much More with Less shared this post which features a whole host of tips for making savings on packed lunches. From suggestions for sandwich alternatives (I’m loving the idea of cheese scones in a packed lunch!) to what to do if you are caught short out and about without a packed lunch , this post is sure to inspire even the most experienced packed lunch veterans.
Tom Church from Latest deals had an awesome suggestion – cook a whole chicken on a Sunday night and then make different dishes with it throughout the week. It can be split among salads and sandwiches for a tasty and filling lunch.
Thrifty Lesley – The dreaded chore of school packed lunches – can you feed a hulking teenager for 30p a head?
In this post Thrifty Lesley shares her ideas for packed lunches that start at as little 30p per head. Considering I was going to allow around £1 a day for my husbands packed lunch I could make some serious savings by implementing some of Lesley’s suggestions. There are a huge range of sandwich filling suggestions – many of which wouldn’t have even crossed my mind – but which sounds yummy and are, of course, super thrifty.
When I asked for Super Thrifty Lunch Box Ideas, David Jack Taylor from Thinking Thrifty sent me this recipe. These muffins are quick, easy and Slimming world friendly. They also keep for up to four days in the fridge so are perfect for batching cooking ahead of time and using up throughout the week.
While this post doesn’t contain any recipes, it does contain something almost as important – a clear and conciseness breakdown of just how much you stand to save by making and taking packed lunches – over the course of a week, month and even a year. It actually makes for very interesting reading – the average amount spent on an office lunch is shocking. If I ever find us falling off the packed lunch wagon I know where to go for some figures to set me back on the straight and narrow.
As always my lovely fellow bloggers came up with the goods when it came to Super Thrifty Lunch Box ideas – they have given me so much inspiration and I hope that they can inspire you too. Whether you want to try something new or scare yourself into spending less (£42k on packed lunches over 15 years!) every single post here should help!