Bringing the kettle to work has become a mandatory step for anyone who wants to save money and, in some cases, avoid ‘fast food’. For those who don’t need to eat out on business days, there are also options that help make your meals more economical. Find them out in this article.
Plan meals in advance
Planning meals out of the house (lunch and snack, for example) is a very efficient way to save money as it helps you stay organized and minimize waste.
As in the case of personal finance, you can use manual planning with a sheet of a notebook or through an application.
We leave the following suggestions for applications that help you plan meals for the whole week:
When planning the menus, ensuring the preparation of nutritious and healthy meals with low values around € 2.5 and € 3.5 per meal.
Do it at home
The fashion of the kettle is no longer now, but surrendering to the preparation of your meals at home is always good advice to save money. In addition to the nutritional control you have when taking care of the purchase and preparation of food, you can also determine the cost per meal.
Below we leave a suggestion of a nutritious and cheap healthy lunch.
2 wraps / tortillas
1 c. of honey dessert
1 c. of Grain Mustard Dessert
50g smoked turkey breast
2 c. of corn soup
2 c. of garlic soup or red onion
1 cup of watercress or canons arranged
salt and pepper to taste
Estimated price: 3 €
See more recipes for lunches below € 2 (for one person) on this site and see this PDF with recipes below € 1 / person made with support from the Portuguese Association of Nutritionists and DECO.
Avoid pre-frozen meals
Buying pre-frozen meals is in fact tempting. Not only do they appear to be good excuses to save money, but also time. But is it really? By making a little more food at home, you can take advantage of the rest to freeze and take to work at any other time. After all, however attractive the price of a frozen lasagna may seem, the truth is that it is much cheaper (and healthier) to do so – and in larger doses – at home.
Try takeaway lowcost food
A long time ago we published an article about some cheap takeaway services here on Basil Ransom’s blog. Here, in the office, we have already ordered several lunches from the Marmita and can recommend it with confidence; the food is good, the generous portions, the prices are very nice and they still have very interesting discount campaigns, and the normal price per meal is around € 3.99.
Did you know that by bringing water from home and avoiding buying at the bar, can you save up to € 250 per year?
In this article by Basil Ransom we did the calculations to persuade him, and since we were “hand in hand”, we did the same for coffee. This is a logical and expected advice, but it never hurts to remember it.
And this advice is also valid for snacks and snacks to go eating throughout the day. As they are only small meals, bet also on bringing the snack from home and even some pieces of fruit to always have at your disposal in the office. In this way, you will feel much less tempted to go and spend money on food machines.
If you’re going to eat out, take advantage of the discount apps
Nowadays there are already so many discount applications that only pay the full price of a meal you want. Here at Basil Ransom, we use two of these apps, either for lunches and team dinners or in our personal lives, out of work. These are Good L and The Fork. The discounts we get through these applications not only allow us to keep our budgets under control but also to meet new restaurants. In the case of The Fork, for example, it is usual to get discounts of around 40%!