(Closed) Do you buy or bring your lunch for work? [Poll}

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you pack lunch for work?

    I bring my lunch to work everyday

    I bring my lunch to work most days


    I buy take out most days

    I buy take out every day

    My work provides lunch/Other

  • Post # 2
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m 95% vegan (periodically I eat cheese) and eat almost entirely organic, so it’s just easier to bring my lunch. Before I went vegan I still ate organic most of the time but I would eat out at work every now and then. It just gets so expensive. 

    I forgot to add- my husband was bad at taking a lunch. Now I almost always pack us both leftovers (I purposely make enough so there’s yummy leftovers) and he takes that. It’s really nice for him because it’s not just a sandwich or something and it always changes so it’s not boring.

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    Post # 3
    9520 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I am lucky that my work provides my lunch, but my husband’s does not. He does have a fridge and microwave but he hardly has time to use them. They are on the other side of the venue and he runs around like crazy. I make his lunch either the night before or day of, if I am super busy he makes his own. His lunch box has an ice pack in the middle of the container and his lunch box is insulated so the food is safe. Even in Las Vegas heat. Would that work for your husband? 

    Lately his has wanted a pb & j, cut strawberries and blueberries, grapes, pretzel crisps, chocolate pudding and ice tea or gaterade. Prior we have done a variety of salads and sandwiches, sometimes leftovers. I check in with him before I go shopping to see what he wants. He works in a casino so although he does eat out on occasion doing so constantly would be very expensive. 

    Post # 4
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    nessdawwg:  this is exactly why I always pack my DH’s lunch. Left to his own devices he buys lunch and its always expensive and unhealthy! So I pit a lot of effort into making sure he has a big, healthful lunch. (and I make one for me too). DH is also in construction so I put hot stews in a large thermos some days – he loves it. other lunches are big sandwiches or burritos. Good luck!!

    Post # 5
    15144 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We probably do about 50/50.  If there’s left overs from dinner, they get packed for lunch.  15-25 a day sounds insane!  I’d be livid if lunch everyday cost that much and would make it a point to pack lunch.  Ours is only 3-6/day.  If he’s blowing the food budget, I’d discuss putting him on a cash only budget… if he runs out of money..too bad, budget better.

    Post # 8
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    Yikes that is crazy $$$!  We both bring our lunches – usually leftovers. Maybe once or twice a month there’ll be a reason for take-out lunches but it is never more than $5.  Can’t imagine $20/day on lunch – keep trying!

    Post # 9
    485 posts
    Helper bee

    I bring my lunch to work every day.  We have a fridge, a microwave, and a toaster oven.  If I don’t have leftovers from dinners (which I do most days because SO and I don’t live together so when I cook for just me there are usually more servings), I’ll bring a sandwich.  Sometimes I get on a kick and choose to just bring sandwiches.  The key is to make interesting sandwiches, so I’ll use wheat bread, different meats and fancy cheeses, and then have lettuce and tomato or avocado or something.  For snacks I’ll bring things like greek yogurt, raw veggies, or fruit, and something less healthy like pretzels, crackers, or a granola bar.

    My SO packs his own lunches, so he says, but I know it is never anything special because I feel like whenever I’m at his place he never has any food.  It worries me a lot, and it’s one of the reasons I can’t wait till we move in together.  I feel like cooking for us will encourage me to be healthier and try new things too.

    Post # 10
    9520 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Does everyone else order lunch so he feels peer pressure? How do the other guys have hot lunches? 

    Post # 11
    491 posts
    Helper bee

    I bring most days. It is easier to eat healthier when I pack a lunch! Gotta make sure I fit into that dress in six months! 😉

    Post # 12
    3535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    Fiance was packing my lunch for a while (we were trying to be healthier and save money). He would pack either leftovers, or a sandwhich, yogurt, and apple sauce. Life has been INSANE lately and we haven’t gone grocery shopping in several weeks (don’t judge lol). There is a cafe downstairs from my office so I’ll grab something from the breakfast menu on the way in (off that menu things are $1.50-2.50) and set it aside until lunch. I’ve ordered off the lunch menu 3 times and it’s more expensive and not as good. 

    Post # 13
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Hubby and I both pack.  I have access to a microwave, fridge, and coffee maker but I pretty much just use the microwave.  DH generally takes the leftovers and I take a lean cuisine with a yogurt, can of seltzer, and piece of fruit.  Prior to my lean cuisine phase, I would make a lot of pasta salads, especially with tortellini and mozzarella.  Ugh I miss it but it was more calories than I needed to eat while trying to lose weight.

    Post # 14
    1054 posts
    Bumble bee

    I bring my lunch most days. I work right by a giant food court so if I’m running late it’s way too easy to say “oh I’ll grab lunch at work.” That happens maybe once every other week. I try to never spend more than $5/$6. Fiancé never takes lunch to work. If I make and pack his lunch each day (which is his preference) then he’ll take it usually 3 out of 4 days, but still usually buys for dinner. But I’m not his mom. I don’t want to pack his lunch. So he usually buys, and then also buys dinner. It drives me nuts that he spends so much money on food, and he wants to eat healthier. He spends the majority of his day in a car though and has to go to the gas station to use the microwave, and doesn’t get a proper lunch break so it is admittedly easier for him to eat out. 

    Post # 15
    346 posts
    Helper bee

    Just a comment, but do you think he uses work as “him time/an escape/bonding time”? Your guy’s situation sounds comparable to my lunch and Starbucks runs. Maybe eating out for lunch genuinely makes him happy.

    I generally buy lunch everyday, now I try to cut back (it’s so cheap). In the summer I packed lunch, but got bored of eating what I pack and I really look forward to spending time away from my work area. Tagging along for tips.

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