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9 Lunches That Don't Break the Bank

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A weekday lunch is a meal with a purpose, one that ideally provides the maximum number of healthy(ish) calories in the shortest amount of time possible without delivering crumbs to your computer or soup down your shirt. But it can also provide another service to you—and to your wallet.

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While it makes sense to splurge on dinner—It's a reward for finishing the end of the day! It's meant to be luxuriated over!—lunch is an opportunity to save money. Sure, you can spring for the $14 salad if that's your thing, but on days when your bank account is tighter than usual, consider making one of these lunches and tucking away that salad money for a special occasion (like dinner tonight!). Here are 9 packable, simple lunches that don't break the bank:

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Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme
Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme
Deborah Madison's Lentil Salad with Mint, Roasted Peppers, and Feta Cheese
Deborah Madison's Lentil Salad with Mint, Roasted Peppers, and Feta Cheese
Italian-Texan White Bean Stew
Italian-Texan White Bean Stew
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

How do you pinch pennies at lunchtime? Tell us in the comments below!

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