Everyone knows that packing your own lunch is an effective way to save money and eat healthier food, but it certainly get a bit predictable. Mix things up with these tips.
Photo by Steven de Polo.
Over at the money and frugality-centred blog Wise Bread they've put together a list of ideas for increasing the appeal of the brown-bag lunch, especially when you're fond of packing sandwiches. They echo some of the topics we shared with you earlier this year in our guide to making your packed lunch more appealing like using interesting condiments and add-ons:
These are the little nuggets of yum that help take your sandwich from hum-drum to hubba-hubba. One of my favourite items is those bulk jars of banana pepper rings ... For under five dollars you've got a bulk supply of a zippy little sandwich add-on that won't spoil quickly like certain produce items (cough - tomatoes). Other ideas include basil leaves, sliced bulk pickles, mixed organic spring greens, sprouts, and French-fried onions.
Pre-cooked bacon (a main ingredient in BLT sandwiches) is a flavorful accent in other sandwiches and upgrades them affordably to the status of "club." For around eight dollars at my local warehouse store, I can purchase a bulk bag of pre-cooked bacon that equates to four pounds of the raw equivalent. Since I can't buy uncooked bacon for two bucks a pound unless it's on a major sale and would have to deal with the stress of cooking it as well, I consider this a major bargain.
They also cover using spreads, mixing up the content of the sandwich, and making sure not to neglect side dishes and preparation tips. Check out the whole article for more tricks on turning your daily sandwich from something that resembles a sad elementary school ham sandwich into a zesty deli offering. Have your own sandwich tips? Let's hear about it in the comments.