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When I first decided that I should bring lunch to work, it was simply so I would eat healthier.
Now that I have been brown-bagging my lunch for some time now, I realized that there are actually other benefits than just being able to eat healthier.
Here are the ways I have benefited from bringing lunch to work.
While there are several healthy food choices around my work area, I am often tempted by the unhealthy food choices such as burgers and pizza.
For some reason, I almost never get the salads or whole wheat wraps I plan on getting and would almost always end up getting something good and tasty, which, unfortunately, is usually something that is not exactly healthy.
Bringing lunch to work has forced me to eat healthier since I am not going to buy lunch when I already have lunch.
Buying lunch around midtown Manhattan can be super expensive. An average lunch can cost anywhere from $10 to $14 each.
I think one of the biggest reasons why I usually end up buying something unhealthy for lunch is because those lunches seem more worth the price. I cannot bring myself to pay $12 for a salad, especially when I can pay less for all of the ingredients and bring a similar salad from home for the entire week.
Homemade lunches have been costing me roughly $10 a week whereas buying lunch would typically cost me around $60 a week.
Since bringing lunch to work, I have been saving $40 to $50 a week.
If I can keep this up, I should be able to save around $2,000 a year – money I can put towards investments or even a side business.
Being More Productive at Work
I don’t know about you, but I used to take a quite a bit of time trying to figure out what to eat for lunch. When it used to approach lunch time, I would be going over all of the lunch options in my head and try to decide what I want to eat for lunch that day.
Now that I bring lunch to work, I no longer have that issue. I already know what I am going to eat for lunch. It is one less thing I need to be worried about.
The time I no longer spend trying to figure out what to eat is time I now use to be more productive and focus on work.
Being More Productive for Myself
In addition to the time I save not having to think about what to get for lunch, I also save on the time it would normally take me to get lunch.
The time it takes to walk to get lunch, wait on line to order food, wait for the food to be prepared, wait on line to pay for the food, and walk back to the office can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
It’s actually been quite nice to have those 20 to 30 minutes back and having a full hour for lunch again. I have actually been using my full lunch hour to not only eat lunch, but to also read or work on something for myself like one of my side hustles (on my personal mobile phone, of course).
In fact, this blog post was completely written during one of my lunch hours.
Are you currently bringing lunch to work? If so, have you seen any other benefits?