The Lunch Club

For a little over a month now I’ve been making my own lunches.  This is totally uncharted  territory for me because for the last five years I’ve been buying my lunch every day.  On the rare occasion that we made dinner and had leftovers I would bring them in to work, but otherwise it was eating out.  A lunch generally runs me $10 a day, which adds up to $200 a month.  On lunch!

I’ve never made lunches before because I knew I would tire of cold cuts and PBJ while watching my coworkers eat burritos and subs.  So when three coworkers approached me about starting a lunch club I was hesitant, but decided to give it a go.  I figured I might last a week at best.

Here’s how it was going to work: each of us was going to get a couple of items each week.  We would each spend about $10-15 and bring all of our items together to create lots of variety.  I was assigned fruits and veggies since there is an amazing stand by my apartment where you can get fresh produce for an unbelievably cheap price. 

Another coworker was in charge of getting meats (grilled chicken and deli meat).  The third got things like yogurt, cheeses, breads and wraps while the fourth got snacks and miscellaneous. 

We’ve been making things like arugula salads with walnuts, strawberries, goat cheese and balsamic.  Or wraps with grilled chicken, romaine, tomato, muenster and cucumber.  Yogurt parfaits for breakfast with granola, strawberries and blueberries.  Caprese salad or apples and peanut butter for a snack.

I’ve been spending an average of $10 A WEEK.  That’s what I used to spend in a day.  And here I am a month later still loving it.  Since we have so many people bringing in a variety of foods I’ve never felt bored with the selection.  And I’m never jealous of coworkers who order out because so many of us are now making lunch.

I agreed to join the lunch club to save money, but in the process I’ve been eating healthier than I ever have.  I want water with my lunch instead of soda.  I’m having fruit AS A SNACK.  When I’m hungry I grab a banana instead of a candy bar.  I can’t rave enough about how great it is to go in on making lunch with coworkers.  I highly encourage anyone reading this to start a lunch club at their office!

Speak Your Mind