Money has been tight lately. I used to make lunch for my kids, then either grab a ready meal for myself or buy my lunch. Buying my lunch would give me an excuse to get out of the office, but it was getting expensive.
My kids have a salad roll, some biscuits and some fruit in their lunchboxes. This can vary a bit depending what ingredients we have. Sometimes they’ll have popcorn instead of biscuits, but that’s the general idea.
In an effort to save money and eat a bit healthier, I have been packing the same lunch for me! The first day I did this, I joked with the other people in my office that I had the same lunch as my kids. As the weeks have gone by, I’ve been realising how this is not only saving me money, but it is also saving a lot of time.
Packing an extra lunchbox each morning doesn’t take any additional time, and I make sure there are always fresh ingredients available. I buy rolls from the bakery and freeze them so they don’t get stale, and, in the hot weather, they help keep the kids lunch boxes cool. I also buy biscuits and other snacks in bulk so they are there for lunch boxes as well as for after school. The next step is getting regular fruit deliveries so there is a plenty supply of fresh fruit available for all of us.
When I arrive at the office, I put my lunch in the fridge so it’s still nice by lunch time. This is a good thing because I don’t have an extra cold bag – these go to school with the boys to keep their lunches nice and fresh.
One down side is that I’m not really going out of the office at lunch time, however with the recent heat in Melbourne, I’m glad of the excuse not to go out. When the weather settles down, I’m planning to go out for a walk after I eat my lunch as there is a great park across the road from my office.
For you other working Mums out there, do you pack your lunch too, or just buy something?