Battle 5: Bringing lunch to work vs. eating lunch out
BRINGING LUNCH TO WORK
Average cost: $10
Bringing your lunch seems like a fantastic idea in theory. You get all your groceries together on Sunday, you even make those Mason jar salads you saw on Pinterest! You’re doing this. But to make those for the week, it will cost you upwards of $60 at the grocery store. And then there’s the sadness you feel when you actually go to your work’s communal refrigerator to retrieve your pre-made lunch.
EATING LUNCH OUT
Average cost: $14
Eating lunch out is indeed one of the more financial slippery slopes, as it can really add up. Especially if you want to keep it on the healthier side. If you don’t, well, consider this always the cheaper option because dollar slices and Halal carts are everywhere.
WINNER: EATING LUNCH OUT
Before you claim me a fool, let me break down the math: yes, the daily spend is technically less when you bring your lunch, but the finances don’t lie: you inevitably spend and waste more from the weekly grocery shop to prepare these meals. The sad truth is, eating healthy is more expensive (right, American obesity?), so when you stock up on veggies and fresh meats to bring to work all week, they’re usually kaput before the week’s end, meaning by day four you’re back to $13 Sweetgreen salads. So basically, it’s like you spent double.
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Liz Newman is a Freelance Writer for Thrillist, and despite this very telling (and slightly depressing) research, she doesn’t plan to discontinue her pho delivery any time soon. Follow her to her financial downfall on Twitter and Instagram at @lizn813.