Spinoff: Packing a lunch for work

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you and/or SO pack lunches for work?

    I do, SO does not.

    We both do.

    Neither of us do.

    SO does, I do not.

    It depends on the day.

  • Post # 31
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    My husband and I both pack lunches. Occassionally if the fridge is looking a little empty we will stop in the grocery store on the way to work and pick up something premade. 

    Post # 32
    1522 posts
    Bumble bee

    I pack lunch every day. Maybe eat lunch out 2 times a month. My bf packs his lunch maybe 3-5 days a week. On the days he doesn’t, he gets a sandwich from a cafe. One thing that kind of annoys me is that he buys takeaway cofee and a snack every day which also adds up. 

    Post # 33
    1513 posts
    Bumble bee

    I pack lunches for hubby and I, maybe once a fortnight we’ll have lunch out with colleagues. But normally that will only be $10-15. We rarely get takeaway and cook dinner each night, but try to go out for dinner to a new restaurant once a month or every second month.

    Post # 34
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Neither the fiance nor I pack lunches. I personally don’t really eat leftovers if I can help it as I grew up with my mom making fresh food for every meal and when I moved out by myself I never got into it, we eat breakfast and lunch out most days except for the weekends when we do brunch with friends, and I make dinner most days and we order in the other days.

    Post # 35
    694 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    My husband usually buys breakfast on his way to work since there’s a bakery right outside the office and he does love soft pretzels 😉 Sometimes, the folks from his office go for lunch and then he joins them but most days I prepare some sandwiches and fruit for him. It depends on my stress levels though – when I’m not too busy I back both our lunches, when I am, I don’t. I usually bring some fruit and yogurt to school and a salad or leftovers for my lunch. Luckily our school caf mostly does rich, meat-heavy or oily dishes that I really don’t like for lunch, so I’m not too tempted.

    Post # 36
    3244 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom. I pack my husband leftovers for lunch or sometimes a sandwich. My toddler and I scrounge food from home.

    Post # 37
    1342 posts
    Bumble bee

    I cook chicken breasts in a crockpot on Sundays and we eat that throughout the week for lunch. I’m too lazy to pack something different every day.

    Post # 38
    871 posts
    Busy bee

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    bouviebee :  I wouldn’t be okay with my DH spending hundreds of dollars a month on fairly expensive lunches out on a daily basis- unless we could afford substantial discretionary money each and this is what he chose to spend a chunk of his on. TBH this sounds overly indulgent and I think the networking excuse is just that, an excuse. I don’t think you need to go out DAILY to teambuild and network. Occasionally, sure, but every day? Sounds more like the co-workers have become used to indulging themselves (I hope lunchtime booze doesn’t start creeping into this equation, steak dinners aren’t your usual grabbing-a-bite-with-co-worikers lunches so I assume they’re dining at licensed restaurants) and are justifying it to themselves. Just make sure that whatever arrangement you make regarding finances once you live together is fair to you. 

    Post # 39
    1579 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    We both pack a lunch: Usually salad with yogurt or nuts on the side to make it filling. 

    I’m a teacher so I don’t have a true break. Lunch is supervising a club or cafeteria duty, something like that, no time to go out and buy lunch! I eat with the kids! 

    My husband works a desk job but doesn’t feel the need to waste money or eat junk. We are particularly health conscious and can’t trust restaurant food! So much sugar and sodium! 

    Post # 40
    3905 posts
    Honey bee

    $800-1000 is a lot of money for dining out.  However, if he doesn’t cook, it would be easy to hit that number.  


    Post # 41
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2020

    Wow!  $1000/month in food for a single person is just crazy to me.  I pack my lunch for work everyday.  On Sundays I may make a big pot of soup, get stuff for sandwiches, or if I’m feeling particularly lazy I will pick up some frozen meals.  It sometimes gets boring, but it is so affordable.  FH does not pack a lunch but I have no idea what he spends on his cafeteria meals.  He makes a lot more than I do and I wouldn’t police that.  I guess you just have to do what makes you happy!   

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