Today I ate my breakfast at work, and it was so easy – and it was for free! But why is it that I find it so hard to eat my brought from home lunch at work? And more importantly, how can I get over this?
My colleagues constantly ask me to go out to eat with them. They eat out every day as their main meal of the day – even the interns!) While it’s nice to be included in the group, I think it’s lunacy. For example, we have a new intern just started this week and I feel like since she doesn’t know anybody that I should bring her out to eat on her first day. That was on Monday. Then it happened again on Tuesday, we’d a day off Wednesday, then on Thursday again… and tomorrow is Friday. I don’t want to eat out every single day!!! So I had a little google around for some inspiration to break the chain and avoiding the “Eating Out at Lunchtime Crowd”.
I came across this website, which had 8 tips for not eating out at work. My favourites were:
- No. 6 Calculate your hourly rate of pay and then how long it takes for you to earn your lunch.
- No. 7 Calculate the cost of a home-made meal.
- No. 3 Take a tip from a smoker and go cold turkey.
Calculating my hourly/daily rate is an eye-opener – I’ve to work at least a half an hour to an hour to pay for my lunch!
Calculating the cost of a home-made meal is also a reality check! I calculated that our chicken saté meal we had tonight and last night (with red peppers, breast of chicken, mushrooms, peanut spice gado-gado included) that made 4 meals (twice for 2 people) cost approx €1.77 per meal. Nothing like sobering cold, hard facts!
There is obviously at least one sane person in the building – I saw a great idea in the communal fridge this morning- a thawed-out, home-cooked wild rice meal with broccoli and other veggies in a ziplock bag on top of a small tupperware box with some chicken inside. Great idea for planning ahead! And looked a lot tastier and healthier than the tasteless “pumpkin soup” i paid €4.20 for. And was still hungry after.