Do you eat out for lunch everyday or are you already on the brown bagging it train?
If you find yourself eating out for lunch most days, consider taking your lunch a few days a week to save some money.
And if you are already a lunch packer, these might be some new ideas for you to try and break up your lunchtime go to.
We usually have the same old sandwich, chips, fruit, and cookie for lunch so I made this list for some new ideas for us. Hopefully you find a few you want to try, too!
Let’s break out of the lunchtime rut and save money by packing our own delicious lunches!
13 Easy Lunch Ideas
Save money by packing your own lunch! Here are some new ideas to try!
Soup and Salad
Chicken or Tuna Salad
Make a large batch of chicken or tuna salad at the beginning of the week. Serve on a sandwich with lettuce one day, with crackers another, and on top of a salad another day.
Perfect for chilly days! Make a large pot of chili (I love the Pioneer Woman’s Chili) and divide into lunch portions. You can even freeze this so you don’t have to eat it all week long. Serve with shredded cheese and Fritos.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Having chicken for dinner? Go ahead and make some extra and serve on a hamburger bun with your favorite burger toppings.
One of my favorite dinners lately! Make one extra flatbread pizza, divide it in half (2 lunches), and heat up for lunch the next day. For a lunch portion, half of a flatbread pizza fills me up!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
This is a good one if you are trying to avoid the drive thru. Cut a chicken breast into bite sized pieces, and coat with breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven and reheat for lunch. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and vegetable.
Chicken or Cheese Quesadilla
Make these the night before and reheat for lunch. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.
Is it just me, or does roast taste better the next day anyway? Make a large roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots and divide the leftovers into lunch sized portions. I’m having this for lunch as I write this!
Sometimes just buying a nicer bread and deli meat makes a sack lunch so much better. We love Hawaiian rolls or any bakery bread (Aldi has some great options!)
Mac and Cheese
If you make some mac and cheese for dinner, reheat the leftovers for lunch as a meal or a side.
You may not be a big fan of leftovers, but by not wasting food and eating what you already have you can save so much money. Leftovers can be a great warm lunch!
A Few Extra Tips:
- Add some storage bins to your fridge to fill with lunch sides, so you can just grab something and throw in your lunch bag. This could be fruit or veggies portioned in bags, string cheese, applesauce, oranges, etc.
- Have a bin in your pantry labeled lunch treats. Add bags of cookies, chip bags, or anything else that can easily be thrown in to complete your lunch.
- Invest in a cute lunch bag that will make you more excited to carry your own lunch and keep you from buying lunch sacks all the time. My husband loves a grocery sack so he can just throw everything away.
- Try meal planning for your lunches and make everything at the beginning of the week.
- To cut costs even more, drink only water. If you love having a soft drink, try having one on Fridays only.
Packing lunches make take a little time and effort, but can save you so much money if you stick with it and skip the drive thru.
These options are really fairly quick and will make for a yummy lunch!
What are your other favorite easy lunch ideas?