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Buying LunchVictoria Tomkinson, Social Media Editor
For the first day, I walked down the block from our office to Pret A Manger. It's an easy, cheap favorite that still feels like a treat because it's not packed. As a notorious work-through-lunch-er, it felt fantastic to walk outside during the day and take a minute, and THEN come back to my desk and eat. The salad was pretty good, decently healthy and cheap! $8 and about a 10-minute trip.
On day two, I walked a little further today, about 15 minutes there and back to Chipotle. I'm a big supporter of their quesadillas, so I got one of those. I ended up picking up lunch for a couple of my coworkers as well, so the trip took decently longer. That was the day that I really appreciated not packing lunch though — it meant I could completely relax and watch Bachelor In Paradise
, plus the break from the office was still a bonus (even though it was raining!), and I was eating more meals instead of slowly picking at my lunch. $8 and a 25-minute trip.
For my third lunch out, I walked a few blocks away and got a salad from Potbelly. It was the first day that taking a break stressed me out — I felt like I was literally running out to lunch and on my phone the whole time. The salad was delish and affordable though! $9 and 15 minutes (I was legit running).
I decided to go real
cheap and cheerful on day four, so I just popped over to Pret again and got a sandwich. These always remind me of England, so whenever I need something affordable that I know will hit the spot I go for this. Quick, enjoyable walk! $5 and 10 minutes.
On my final day, I wanted to try out "buying lunch and being cheap" while using Seamless, so I ordered small: a sushi lunch, and it was my only day I didn't leave the office to get lunch (a true treat for me, obvs). I did appreciate not leaving since I was trying to get out of work early for a summer Friday and I love this sushi place because it's cheap and tastes great. $8 and 2 minutes of ordering.
Since I bought fewer groceries on Sunday, I felt like this method didn't make me spend that
much more than usual. I'd estimate around $10, which is only two coffees in internet money language. It felt nice not to stress about making lunch as one extra thing to do each night, and even nicer to leave the office each day. Plus I hate cooking, so it checked that off my list in a way I actually enjoyed! I'd do it again, especially on weeks when I can't find time to make it to the store, but my money tracking app missed the celebratory zero dollar day posts.