I am bad with money. At the end of every month, without fail, I am left stretching the last few dollars of my paycheck as far as they will go. It's embarrassing: I'm old, I should be better at budgeting. Or N.Y.C. shouldn't be so damn expensive. Either way, something I've become pretty passionate about this year is making lunch instead of buying it.
I generally head to Trader Joe's on a Monday, pick up a bunch of groceries to store in the fridge at work, and make the same thing all week. [Note: I do not prep lunches at home 'cause when I am at home, I am lazy.] Sometimes I do fancy sandwiches with nice bread, sharp cheddar, red onion pickle, and mixed leaves. Other times, a big salad with chickpeas and tomatoes and feta. I never spend more than around $20 for a week's worth of lunch items.
To get in the lunch-making groove, here are a handful of kitchen aids that will prove to be $$$-savers in the end.
Prepworks/Prep Solutions by Progressive Lettuce Keeper
It's got a silly name, but make no mistake, this piece of tupperware is no normal storage solution: it's also a colander and will keep your groceries day-one fresh for longer.
Reusable Silicone Food Savers Fruits and Vegetables Storage Containers
Forget cling wrap.
Speaking of freshness, here are some handy lids for any leftovers: you can stick 'em on onions, on cans of tuna, on anything you'd like.
Micro Egg Microwave Egg Cooking Cup
Soft or hard-boiled in seconds.
Eggs are great. Office kitchens are not. But they usually have a microwave, so homemade egg salad here I come.
Clean Dezign Bamboo Fiber Bread Box Bin with Cutting Board Lid
Use your loaf.
Don't be like me and put your bread in the fridge to keep it fresh: it ends up tasting like cardboard. Instead invest in a 2-in-1 bread bin that comes with a handy chopping board lid.