“brown-bagging” lunch to save some green. Take a look:
Bringing your lunch to work for a year, rather than buying it from restaurants, could save you about $2,000, according to a recent study by market research company NPD, with the average brown-bagged lunch costing $2 to prepare, as opposed to the average tab of $6 for a lunch from a fast food eatery.Yeah, I’m not digging the peanut butter and jelly, but packing a lunch is not only cheaper, it’s a great way to ensure you’re eating wisely away from home.
And brown-bagging is up by about one-fifth over the last seven years, reports Early Show consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen, with consumers shying away from restaurants at lunchtime more and more.
Apparently, men are the most likely to brown-bag it, and fruit, chips and a sandwich make up the most popular menu.
NPD's Harry Balzer tells Koeppen the most popular brown-bagged lunch sandwich is peanut butter and jelly.
Balzer's been studying the eating habits of Americans for more than 30 years and says more than 90 percent of brown-baggers say they do it to save money.