Work Lunch Ideas That Will Save You Money

Making lunches at home to take to work is far more economical than going out to fast-food restaurants every day. Eating at an average burger joint can easily cost as much as $12 a day. The cost isn’t the only reason to switch to homemade lunches, however. The calories in a cheeseburger, french fries, and large soda combo meal are often equal to three-quarters of a full day’s suggested caloric intake. While millions of people grab lunch at fast food outlets every day, taking lunch from home is far less costly.

Sandwiches and Wraps

A non-conventional sandwich could consist of unique toppings like baby spinach, strawberries, and peanut butter. It could be a sandwich with cream cheese, olives, and chopped ham on a bagel. Wraps are the most popular non-conventional sandwich type by a long shot. Those avoiding gluten or carbs have been able to step back into the world of sandwiches with wraps, which can contain anything that you can roll up in a tortilla or flatbread. Get creative with your sandwiches and wraps, and you’ll never be disappointed by homemade lunch.

Canned Soups

Canned soup has one benefit that most other lunches do not. A few cans of soup, a can opener, a bowl, and a spoon can be kept in most large desk drawers. For office workers, keeping these things on hand can save a lot of hassle and money when there simply is no time to prepare lunch in advance. Also, the amount of worry over your midday meal, when you already have it in your desk drawer, is almost nil.

Crackers, Cheese, and Sliced Fruits

Some folks don’t want a heavy lunch. This preference is where assorted lunches come into play. Crackers, cheese, and sliced fruits can put something in your stomach without leaving you feeling sluggish and bloated, which is a perfect option for people with light appetites and individuals on low-calorie diets.

Make Your Own Salads

There is no need to limit yourself to salads made with leaves and chopped vegetables and fruits. There is a multitude of different types of pasta salad, egg salad, grain salad, fish salad, and fruit salad. Salad recipes are plentiful online, as are those for dressings. If you’re adventurous, check out some dressing recipes and make something unique.

With a little bit of extra planning, anyone can save money on work day lunches. All it takes is minimal effort and commitment. Take lunch with you from home for a week. Keep track of what you spent, and compare that cost to what you spend eating out every day for a week. The money you’ll save will speak for itself.


Easy Exercises to Do at Your Desk

When you work an office job, or at any occupation where you must sit at a desk most of the day to perform your job, it is easy to become stiff and sore from remaining in this seated position for so long. Many people who work all day report that they have difficulty finding time to exercise.

The following strength exercises, which can be performed efficiently at your desk, will get you toward these goals during a short workday break.

Tricep Book Raise

  1. Find the heaviest book at your disposal.
  2. Stand and hold the book with both hands behind your neck.
  3. Raise the book directly over your head.
  4. Lower the book back behind your neck.
  5. Repeat 15 times.

This exercise will:

  • strengthen your triceps muscles

Sitting Leg Raises

  • Turn your desk chair around so that you have room in front of you.
  • Straighten one leg directly out in front of you.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Bend your knee, and lower your leg until your foot is just above the floor and hold it there.
  • Repeat with the other leg.
  • Repeat each leg 15-20 times.

This exercised will:

  • strengthen your lower body
  • strengthen and tighten your abdominal muscles

Carpal Tunnel Buster

  1. Stand up in front of your desk.
  2. Place the tops of your hands on your desk palms up, with your fingers facing toward you.
  3. With your arms straight, lean gently forward on your arms.
  4. Hold for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Repeat several times throughout the day.

This exercise will:

  • relieve the stiffness that occurs in the wrists from working on a computer
  • help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

Sitting Side Stretch

  1. While sitting at your desk, raise your arms above your head.
  2. Grab your left wrist with your right hand.
  3. Bend sideways to the right in your chair, about 45 degrees, pulling your left wrist with your right hand.
  4. Grab your right wrist with your left hand.
  5. Bend sideways to the left in your chair, about 45 degrees, pulling your right wrist with your left hand.
  6. Repeat on each side five times.

This exercise will:

  • increase flexibility
  • increase core strength

Chair-back Calf Raises

  1. Stand behind your chair with your feet together.
  2. Rest your hands on the back of the chair.
  3. Rise up onto your toes as far as you can (you may need to remove your shoes, especially if you are wearing heels).
  4. Hold for 10 seconds.
  5. Repeat 15-20 times.

This exercise will:

  • strengthen your calf muscles
  • relieve leg stiffness

There are other health benefits to doing these exercises such as reduced stress and anxiety. Your body will thank you.