Two or three days last week my husband packed his lunch for work. This week he took a sandwich to the office on Monday and made himself a tuna melt this afternoon. Today he asked me to pick up more lunch meat from the grocery store, which is a sign that he’ll aim to eat in the office at least a few more days. My husband typically spends at least $6 – $8 a day eating lunch out with his coworkers. He works with a really fun group of guys and I’m glad that he has the opportunity to break from work to eat with them. That being said I’m glad that he’s considering packing his lunch at least one or two of the days he’s in the office.
On the days I work from home I always find something to eat in the pantry. On the days I go to work I typically pack part of my lunch and purchase a portion of it from the cafeteria. Unfortunately, I don’t work with a fun group of people I’d like to break bread with. Most of my coworkers eat at their desks. While I find this rather depressing, I will admit that it saves me from the peer pressure and cost of going out to eat. (Still there are times that I’d favor spending money with fun people, over saving money with lame ones.)
While brown-bagging helps our bottom line, our local television station claims that it’s hurting the bottom line of local establishments. Yesterday I watched a segment on Fox News that discussed the negative effect brown baggers are having on D.C restaurants. As more employees bring their lunch to work, less employees are going out to eat. In an attempt to avoid losing more business some upscale restaurants are catering to brown baggers by converting popular dishes into cheaper sandwich style versions of the same meals.
The reporter for this segment interviewed a very pricey restaurant where meals typically range from $20 – $30. The reduced menu will still cost $12 for a sandwich. An interviewee of the television segment said, “[Eating out is] about $10 for lunch, depending on what you get, and with $10 you could feed yourself lunch all week with some bread and lunch meat.” I couldn’t possibly agree more with that. In my opinion $10 – $12 is a lot of money to spend on lunch every day.