Lunchtime Savings: Don’t Forget the Drinks!
Making Every Penny Count at Lunchtime
Are you one of those savvy lunch-packers who loves saving money by preparing meals at home for yourself, your partner, and the kids? Kudos to you!
However, let’s talk about a little-known secret that could be sneaking into your budget – drinks! While you might have mastered the art of packing a delightful sandwich or a hearty salad, have you considered the sneaky cost of not packing a drink?
That’s right, those impromptu purchases of fancy coffee or a quick soda from the vending machine can surprisingly nibble away at your budget.
The Vending Machine Vs. Home-Packed Drinks
Imagine this: you’re at work, your lunch was delicious, but now you’re thirsty. You head to the vending machine and – ouch – those prices for a bottle of soda, juice, or even water seem a bit steep, don’t they?
Compare that to the cost of buying these drinks in bulk from the grocery store. Quite the difference, right? It’s easy to overlook, but sometimes it’s the thirst, not the hunger, that can tip your budget over the edge.
Creative and Cost-Effective Drink Ideas
Here’s a fun and budget-friendly tip: always include a drink when you pack lunches!
For the kiddos, juice boxes are a great option, and they often come on sale. Or, get creative with reusable drink containers. Fill them with a juice-water mix to reduce sugar intake, or just pop in some ice cubes – they’ll melt by lunchtime, providing a cool, refreshing drink.
Does your partner love soda? No problem! Buy cans or bottles in bulk and include one in their lunch. And for a cozy touch, why not pack a few tea bags or a small packet of hot chocolate? Most workplaces have hot water available, so it’s an easy, comforting addition to any lunch.
Stay Hydrated, Stay Happy!
In conclusion, don’t let drinks be the hidden culprit in your lunchtime budget. With a little planning and some clever, cost-effective ideas, you can enjoy a complete and satisfying lunch without spending extra. Happy lunch packing!
Don’t forget we also have plenty of drink mix recipes at MomsBudget, so you can leave a jar of these inexpensive homemade drink mixes right in your office, or bring a plastic bag with enough for a cup each day.