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Save $10,000, Lunch Ideas under $2

Save $10,000, Lunch Ideas under $2

Research by consulting firm Urbis has found that office workers spend on average $43/day on coffee and food! We love saving money and we love the ultra-frugal.  We’ve put together a list of 7 lunches that come in under $2 if you combine that with your employer’s free tea and coffee (instant still has caffeine) you could save $10 660/year.

Home-Made Soup

Soup and 2 slices of home-brand bread are as cheap as lunches come and can be some of the most delicious. Pumpkin and Lentil soup can come in at about 25 cents a serve.


  • Pumpkin and Lentil
  • Minestrone
  • Potato and Leek

Sandwiches/Jaffles/Toasted Sandwiches

Most workplaces have a sandwich-press these days. With bread going for $1 a loaf now, toasted sandwiches are some delicious, economical lunches.


  • Ham/Cheese/Tomato
  • Baked Beans and Cheese
  • Chicken and Cheese
  • Salad and Cheese


Cheap Lunches

  • Mi-Goreng noodles are a very cheap lunch. You can up the nutritional quality of the noodle by adding some frozen vegetables


Salad can be a super cheap if you make it at home. Make sure the bulk of it with a cheaper ingredient.

  • Garden Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese are an amazing comfort food and it’s cheap.  Some frozen peas, corn and frozen spinach gets the vegetables in and keep the price low.

Square Cheeseburgers

A homemade cheese burger comes in under $2 if you use home brand bread instead of a bun.  You can even make them at work if you use the sandwich press to cook the patty.


Use a pitta bread or make a homemade base and you can get in under $2


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