Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Lunch spending

I will be eating lunch in a restaurant with a friend today and that will mark the end of my 7 straight working day streak of NOT BUYING LUNCH! I've been bringing sandwiches or leftovers from home, and it's really helping me stretch out my cash.
What I've found really helps is to make a meal plan for a few days ahead, for lunch and dinner. It reminds me to think about whether I should buy two portions of whatever I'm having for dinner one day so I can cook extra for lunch the next. It also reminds me to use the groceries I've bought that week-- sometimes I can be flaky about buying more food just because I've forgotten there's already something in the fridge that needs to be used up.
I've been keeping a combined meal plan and shopping list on an index card on top of my microwave, which is right by the door so I'm sure to notice it before I leave for work, thereby correcting another of my flaky traits, which is to prepare a lunch but then forget to actually take it to work with me.
I'm on a roll here, hope I can keep it up!


Anonymous said...

I've got those same flaky traits as you when it comes to lunch. I've got the same process down where I make extra every night and bring it in for lunch the next day. Works like a charm and I don't have to wonder what to eat for lunch.

I see you're listed on Phat Investor now. Easier to keep track of updates now.

Caitlin said...

good job! I know that when we actually do meal planning it makes a huge difference on so many levels. keyword: "when" --- still working on making it a full time habit.

we're mostly at home for lunch so our challenge is mainly limiting take out for dinner. And trips to the grocery store.

Anonymous said...

i think my longest streak was 10 work days, followed of course by a 5 day eat-out-for-lunch-bonanza in celebration of all the money i had saved. really tho, i am going to see if i can run a month straight.