Back when I was working in a co-working space downtown (I now just work from home… no pants required), I used to take my lunch everyday so I wouldn’t have to pay the $15 downtown lunch prices. It saved me a ton of money over the 6 months or so that I was working out of there! Here’s the weirdest thing I bring to work to save money.
But that’s not the weird part. 😃 The weird part was what I used to bring.
Sure, there were normal things like packets of ramen and sandwiches, but the weirdest thing I brought to work to save money were frozen tamales from Trader Joe’s!
Yes, frozen tamales. Because they had meat in them, I didn’t want to cook them and then travel with them because that seemed a little questionable to leave them sitting out in my bag in the summer heat. However, since my bus commute was only maybe thirty minutes or so, the tamales stayed frozen. I’m not exactly sure of the food safety of this one, but my food always stayed frozen by the time I got to work and I was always fine. 😃
It sounds weird, but they made a really great lunch! I just microwaved them for a couple minutes and they were ready to eat. It says you’re supposed to steam them and get all fancy, but in my I-don’t-cook-anything opinion, most things can be forcibly put into the microwave and coaxed into heating up. 😀
Want more? Here are my favorite books on budgeting and saving money:
- The Beginner’s Guide to Budgeting
- 31 Days to Radically Reduce Your Expenses
- The Total Money Makeover
- The Money Saving Mom’s Budget
So, do you do anything weird to save money? Let me know in the comments below!
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