Re: Feel Like We are Barely Getting by...
03-09-2012 07:29 PM
DH started the trend of taking his lunch to work. Everyone ate out. And I do mean EVERYONE. He started declining their invites and bringing his lunch. When they'd give him funny looks, he'd ask them, "How can you afford to eat out all the time?" or "Ugh, don't you get tired of always eating out? I love making this for lunch..." He was bringing in leftovers, making special dishes, and occassionally having sandwiches. By the time he left that office, the majority of the people were bringing in their lunches too.
You probably have a good idea then of how much I get picked on, on a weekly basis because I make my own lunches and bring them every day. And I swear, the people at my job only pick the same three things, greasy, pizza, or chinese and spend $7 a pop EACH for lunch. Holy heck! I always got complimented on how my food smelled and how it looked so good.
My cultural background has me making rice and beans most of the time, as well as my frugal background, but they all seem to think that it's such a chore to make a lunch. I honestly cook just once or twice a week. And I see the savings pile up while I hear everyone else complaining about how broke they are. Granted, I don't make a lot, but I don't have to worry about my income because I know I cook myself meals. Not only that, but it actually helped me to lose weight.
Even something so simple as packing a sandwich for lunch, is a great way to save. And the cost is minimum.
I learned the hard way, that's it not how much you earn that might matter, it's whether you spend more than you earn that truly matters.
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