When you are at work, it is very easy to spend too much money on food. Many times offices are located close to coffee shops, fast food joints, and more. It’s often easy to walk or drive to one of these nearby options when you are hungry. Many offices also have vending machines full of soda, chips, and candy. Most of this easily accessible food is not good for you, and it is expensive to boot. So, here are a few tips to help your waist and your wallet.
Instead of spending $4 on coffee from the shop on the first floor, you should consider bringing coffee from home. Buying a couple of inexpensive travel mugs is less expensive than a week’s worth of $4 lattes.
In some cases, you might be able to set up your own small coffee maker in your office and make your coffee when you get to work every day. If you have a break room at work, you might be able to get coffee there, and if there isn’t a coffee maker or a percolator, you can petition your boss to purchase one for the office.
If you are not a coffee snob, you can even purchase instant coffee, though you will need to be able to heat water. Instant coffee is often very inexpensive.
Snacks and Drinks
At about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the vending machine down the hall starts calling your name, and it can be hard to resist. Still, vending machines rarely offer healthy options, and they are a great way to spend too much money on a small, calorically dense snack.
Instead of giving into your sugar cravings, try packing some snacks for the week. If you do not have a lot of time in the mornings, you can prepare snacks for the whole week on the weekend. Many offices have refrigerators in break rooms where you can store food. Celery and carrot sticks, apple slices, and cheese sticks are all good, healthy options that help keep you from spending $1.25 on Nutter Butters. If you do not have a refrigerator, you can look into 100-calorie packs of cookies and crackers. Baked chips are another option.
When you are at work, it’s almost always easy for you to go down the street and pick up some fast food on your lunch break. However, again this is not your best option. Every once in a while, it’s fine to run to your local burger joint for lunch, but you can save money by bringing your lunch from home on a regular basis. If you live close by, you can even go home and make your lunch. Both of these options help you to save money, and in many cases, a homemade lunch is much healthier than what you will get a local restaurant.
By following these tips, you can save a few dollars and eat healthier at the same time.
Would you add anything to this list of tips?