As a working professional, I eat lunch away from home during the week. Part of my work responsibilities include networking and business meetings during the day, which tend to occur during a morning coffee or at lunch. Because of my variable work week schedule, I don’t always plan for my lunches on the days that I don’t have a meeting. When I don’t have a plan, I tend to visit a local sandwich shop and spend anywhere from $5-$10.
That small amount, if spent even 2-3 days per week, adds up fast. As part of this challenge, I am going to make a new habit for myself and bring my lunch to work on the days I don’t have work meetings. This past weekend during my weekly grocery shopping trip, I picked up some canned soup, frozen meals, and snacks to keep at the office. The average amount I spent on each meal was $2.50 (which is half of what I would spend on the low end on lunch out for myself).
My quest for creating new financially healthy habits is off to a great start. I’d love to hear your ideas for how you make small changes to your weekly habits to create financial savings.