3 Golden Rules of Packing Lunch for Work or School

Taking your own lunch to work or school can save a lot of cash. Here are three tips for making the process easy.

  • Keep components separate. Does your sandwich or salad tend to get soggy before lunchtime? Keep the components separate, such as by putting each item in its own plastic bag. Then assemble them right before eating.
  • Finalize the night before. Each evening, make sure everything you need for the next day’s lunch is ready to go. Then there’s one less thing to stress over in the morning, and it saves you from skipping a packed lunch if you oversleep.
  • Take advantage of shortcuts. When I have access to a fridge at work, I skip packing snacks. I instead leave a big bag of prepped carrots and a tub of hummus in the fridge in case I get hungry later in the day.
  • Have a backup plan: Keep ready-made lunch options like microwaveable TV dinners on hand. If all else fails, you can grab one on the way out of the house and keep it in the fridge at work. It might be more expensive than a lunch made from scratch, but it’s still generally cheaper than eating lunch out.
  • What’s your best tip for packing lunch? Share your thoughts in our Forums. It’s a place where you can swap questions and answers on money-related matters, life hacks and ingenious ways to save.

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