One of the cabinets in my office is dedicated to snacks. In that tiny little space above my desk I store a random hodge-podge of foods that I can grab whenever I forget to bring my lunch or work so hard I forget to eat.
Over the years I’ve found the perfect balance of snacks to eat in between meetings. I now store canned fruit, (primarily peaches and fruit cocktail), chocolate chip/peanut butter granola bars, crackers, chocolate macadamia nuts, (a gift from my uncle), and dried fruit, (primarily raisins).
This little stash enables me to avoid the vending machine. In fact, since I started bringing my snacks to work I haven’t hit that machine once.
I still eat in the cafeteria every so often, but as a whole I’m doing better at bringing my lunch to work. I find that I eat healthier when I pack a lunch and I’m rewarded by the idea of eating food that I prepared.
I typically bring leftovers of some type, but lately my husband started preparing meals just to bring to work. On Sunday night he makes a big batch of food, (typically some type of chicken and rice), and portions it out into small containers that we can both take to work.
I bought the glass containers two weeks ago. I decided to switch from plastic, (for health reasons), and replaced all of our Tupperware containers with 10 to 12 glass bowls with lids. I’m not sure how to repurpose my plastic containers, so if anyone has any ideas please let me know.
I typically carry a large water bottle to work each day, but when I forget it I resort to filling up an old glass mug from the water fountain.
Since I started bringing my lunch, keeping a cubby full of snacks and using the water fountain I estimate I’ve spent less than $5 a week on food while I’m at work. Even better than the monetary savings is the time savings. Now I can stay at my desk through lunch and leave the office just a few minutes earlier. Those extra few minutes can really shorten my commute.