Brown Bag It for Savings

15 May

Photo by Randy Heinitz via Flickr

Photo by Randy Heinitz via Flickr


I’m hooked on a new sandwich I created a couple weeks ago. I think Pinterest is indirectly responsible for the inspiration since I’m not one of those people who can throw random ingredients together and create something edible. Regardless, I’m telling everyone I know about this equally delicious and nutritious lunch option containing:

  • Whole grain bread
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Green bell pepper
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper

It’s one of those sandwiches that would be lacking if even one of the ingredients were missing. No green peppers? Too mushy. No mustard? Too bland. No avocado? Too sad. And because I’m obsessed with spice, no meal is complete without some source of kick.

As you might have guessed, I’m one of those people who brown bags it for lunch everyday, though I try to join the crew every once in a while for a lunchtime outing to stay in the social loop. Avoiding daily dining trips not only helps my waistline but keeps me from busting my budget. According to an article published on earlier this year, 66 percent of 1,000 people surveyed buy their lunch instead of packing it. This amounts to a nearly $2,000 annual expenditure on Subway and Taco Johns. That’s $160 a month — ouch!

As the article points out, the study does not factor in what it costs the savvy consumer who faithfully brings her lunch from home. So, I decided to do a little comparison of my own and my beloved sandwich rings up at less than $2. That’s $10 a week or $40 a month, and ultimately 75 percent less than what I’d be spending if I were the “average American.” Hooray for extraordinary me!

My tastebuds will inevitably grow tired of this inspired combo, and granted not all ingredients are as cheap as what I selected for this sammie. However, I can safely say that what I prepare at home will always be a fraction of what I might otherwise purchase on the fly.

So, before you head out for yet another Mexican buffet, consider all the fun things you could buy — including some financial peace of mind — if you went beyond the ordinary for lunch.

6 Responses to “Brown Bag It for Savings”

  1. Michelle May 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    That sandwich sounds tasty!

    • Kendal May 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      It’s delicious! I tested it on several people I met for the first time this weekend during a picnic, and it was a hit. Definitely give it a try!

      • Kaitlin Riggio June 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

        My friends that enjoyed the sandwich during said picnic are still talking about how delicious it is 🙂

      • Kendal June 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

        Sweet! I got Ron’s sister hooked on it, too. Now I just need to patent it and make lots and lots of money! 😉

  2. LifeInTransition May 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I try to pack my lunch too. The sandwich sounds yummy. I love it when people come up with new sandwich ideas since PBJ and ham and swiss sandwiches every day can get a little boring.

    • Kendal May 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      I agree! I get bored easily and try to change things up so I don’t opt for Subway or something super unhealthy. I found this collection of recipes from Martha Stewart to be especially appealing – Hopefully that gives you some good ideas!