Since I've entered the working world fifteen years ago, I was set apart in the lunch room. While others sat huddled around a McDonald's bag, Subway salad, or Little Caesar's pizza...I pulled out my own lunch from home. I AM a brown bagger. Yes, I pack and bring a sack lunch to work, outings and events that I know we won't be at home for a meal.
Don't get me wrong, going out to lunch with the co-workers or eating a meal out is definitely something I encourage, but occasionally. I feel somehow in this world of convenience we've gotten lazy. Instead of spending 5 minutes packing a sack lunch and saving $8 we would rather spend $10.
I come from a long line. My parents were brown baggers too, so I've watched for years on the proper ways of preparing a sack lunch. But maybe this is new to you? What do you pack?
My first suggestion is to know your heating and refrigerator limits, meaning do you have access to a microwave or refrigerator. For instance, if I know I have access to a microwave I'm more incline to bring reheatable left-overs or a frozen dinner. If not, I am happy to pack a peanut butter sandwich if I don't have access to a refrigerator or microwave as I know it will keep until lunch time.
Another tip is to pack your favorites. If you love salads, pack one. If cliff bars and cherries are your "bag" then pack them. Honestly, the beauty of a sack lunch is that can be personalized to fit your needs. Oh, and don't forget to pack a drink...even an empty water bottle will do so you can "tap" it off. (It would be a terrible shame to spend $1.50 on your drink when you saved so much already by packing a sack lunch.)
So let your creative food talents thrive as you pack your next sack lunch. Not only will you be packing in your favorites, but savings.
From inside the little blue bungalow,