It’s now week 17 of the 52-week savings challenge. Last week GOBankingRates recommended you save $16 by opting in for a grocery store rewards card.
You might associate deli meat with the brown-bag lunches your mom made for you growing up, or maybe they were a staple when you were first out on your own and ever penny counted. The fixings for a sandwich are always in stock at any grocery store or supermarket, and — like any time you cook something at home — that sandwich you’re craving at lunch could be a lot cheaper if you made it at home.
It will cost more upfront to purchase a loaf of bread, one or two types of meat, cheese and condiments when compared to just buying a sandwich at work. However, that initial investment pays off once the containers and bags are empty, as purchasing these items can cover more than a week of sandwiches. So for this week of the 52-week challenge, we’re encouraging readers to opt for homemade sandwiches to take to work or make for school to save $17 and meet this week’s savings requirement.
MyMoneyBlog.com broke down the rough costs of purchasing needed ingredients to make sandwiches from home. At $2.50 for a loaf of 12-grain Oroweat bread (18 slices), $5.25 for a three-quarter pound tub of black forest ham, $1.75 for a quarter pound of pepper jack cheese, $1.75 for a large tomato, $1.49 for a head of iceberg lettuce and $2.25 for a bottle of honey mustard, your grocery bill will equal $14.99.
However, if we assume that’s enough food to last for a work week of lunches, your bill per week day is just $2.99. Compared to even a low-ball estimate of $6 for a sandwich purchased at a corner store or cafeteria, you should be able to save just under $17. With tax, and even the temptation to purchase a drink, bag of chips or a cookie at an additional cost, avoided with your brown bag lunch, you should be able to hit the $17 savings mark this week.
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