Save Cash, Pack Lunch

Let’s face it, most of us are feeling the economic squeeze and buying lunch everyday is no way to save some cash. That’s why CBS suggests “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.

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.
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.
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Sara - July 20, 2008 12:08 PM

I bring lunch to work everyday[and breakfast too]. It needs more than a brown bag.A salad with beans, abowl of fruit for breakfast, and maybe a few pieces of fruit. Need a tote bag. No pb&j for us nutritarians.

Ara - January 24, 2010 8:41 AM

I do believe that the key to save money is to bring and carry our own packed lunch with us. It is also a great way to protect ourselves from unhealthy foods. There are many kinds of good quality packed lunch container online so we should also consider what we're going to use. If you want you may visit Happy Tiffin to see a very reliable stainless steel container for your packed lunch.

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