My husband is pretty good about bringing his lunch to work everyday. I say he brings it 90% of the time. I try to help out - I prep the morning coffee the night before and I try to make his lunch during this time too (but I'm only about 70% efficient at this task) . What does his lunch consist of? My husband has to leave for work at about 6 am everyday. So his "lunch" also includes his breakfast.
2 sandwiches. Usually Peanut Butter and Fluff, but every now and then he'll want lunch meat or tuna)
1 Fruit Cup
1 can of soda
2 bottles of water
3-5 "snacks" - snacks include poptarts, fruit snacks, chips, granola bars, cookies, etc.
I knew for the past week or two, our supplies have been dwindling. Why do I know this? Well for starters, the husband complains that there isn't anything for his lunch. Secondly, I see stuff on our Debit Card statement like this:
Scali Deli - $8.39
McDonald's - $11.93
Alex's Pizza - $14.99 (he said he bought a sandwich for a friend and himself)
Dunkin Donuts - $4.87
Here I'll break down how much it costs for him to bring his own lunch & breakfast to work:
- Last night I spent $50 ($49.45 to be exact) on "snacks" alone for his lunch (should last 2 months). Assuming 26 days of work a month (he usually works Saturdays), that's .96 cents a day.
- A yogurt - Avg. .40 a cup
- Dole fruit cup - round up to .50 a cup
- Cereal - A box lasts a week. Avg. $1 a box, that's .14 cents a day
- 1 cup of milk - .13 cents ($2.12 per gallon, 16 cups per gallon)
- A can of soda - .17 cents.
- 2 waters - .09 cents each = .18 cents
- 4 slices of bread for the sandwiches - (1/5 of a loaf of bread) is .34 cents (Assuming $3.39 for a 2 pack of Wonder Kids at BJ's)
- Peanut Butter & Fluff - maybe 10 cents. If he has meat or tuna, assume an extra .75 cents.
Total for him bringing his junk (assuming PB & Fluff sandwiches): $2.82
Total for him bringing his junk (assuming tuna or meat): $3.47
Around $3 for breakfast and lunch isn't that bad - Much better than almost $5 for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and $10 for lunch downtown Boston. So even though I dropped over $70 last night on his lunch supplies - if I didn't, he'd spend that and then some out to eat just this week alone. Was it worth going over my "budget"? I say "yes!"
On the flip side - it is good for him to splurge on a lunch out every now and then. It keeps him happy. Just not every day. I have to say my husband is a really good sport about this. He actually prefers to bring all this stuff.