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13 Low-Cost Lunches to Pack for Work

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Maybe you’re trying to keep to a budget to save up for a special trip or a new Dutch oven. Or maybe you’ve recently taken a look at your billing statements and would like to stop personally funding Seamless. Whatever your reason, the new year is a great time to reassess our habits, including what we bring for lunch.

We all know dining in saves money, and that sandwiches and salads and soups are budget-friendly and also travel well. But don't feel like that has to mean subsisting off of PB&Js for days straight (unless that's your thing). Smart meal planning can keep brown bagging it from feeling like a sacrifice. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 13 lunches guaranteed to keep you (and your wallet) full.

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Japanese 7-Eleven Egg Salad Sandwich
Japanese 7-Eleven Egg Salad Sandwich
World's Easiest Falafel and Tzatziki
World's Easiest Falafel and Tzatziki
Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Sesame Seeds, Scallions & Almonds

Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Sesame Seeds, Scallions & ... by Alexandra Stafford

5 Bean Curry

5 Bean Curry by Anu

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fet... by Sarah Jampel

Vegan Hoppin' John

Vegan Hoppin' John by Gena Hamshaw

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad
Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad
Of Course the Endlessly Adaptable Frittata Needs No Recipe
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Of Course the Endlessly Adaptable Frittata Needs No Recipe
Weeknight Ragù
Weeknight Ragù
Charred Broccoli and Lentil Salad

Charred Broccoli and Lentil Salad by EmilyC

Mom's Aloo Gobhi

Mom's Aloo Gobhi by Heena

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas
Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas

What's your favorite low-cost lunch? Share your tasty tips in the comments!

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

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