When you work away from home, perhaps in an office, you are very likely to spend more on food and drinks than if you work at home. This extra expenditure may not seem like much at first but the latte each morning on your way to work, buying a bun at morning tea time or eating lunch at a cafe with work mates adds up. Add in the takeaway you pick up on the way home because you don't have time to cook. Don't forget the cost of rushing around the supermarket to do the grocery shopping and picking up extra snacks because you're so hungry after work.
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Morning coffee Many employees grab a coffee or other hot beverage on their way to work. Some may choose a bottle of Coke, energy drink or flavoured milk instead. Some didn't have breakfast at home so they buy something before they get to the office.
Morning tea What does a person do if they are hungry at morning tea time and they haven't packed something to snack on? Sometimes the sight of others eating buns and the like makes one hungry leading to a trip to the cafeteria.
Lunch It's easy to forget to pack lunch and the solution is to buy something. There are times when workmates suggest going to a nearby cafe or hotel for lunch and one doesn't want to miss out. And if it's to celebrate a birthday, how can you refuse?
The cost of eating lunch with workmates at a cafe or hotel adds up Courtesy of Pixabay
No time to cook tea There can be numerous reasons for grabbing a barbecue chicken and salads or other ready made meal from the supermarket or a takeaway meal on the way home.
Tiredness is often a factor. Sometimes one hasn't been to the supermarket and there's nothing to cook for tea so it's takeaway again. The children may be hungry and takeaway means tea will be on the table straight away. Takeaway is expensive, especially if you get it delivered.
Shopping for food When one is short of time there is a tendency to spend more at the supermarket. Perhaps you don't have a list so you buy things you don't need and forget things you have run out of. You may end up buying bread at the petrol station and paying top dollar because you forgot to buy it at the supermarket.
Saving money on food when working at home As well as not spending so much on food while you are at work you are more likely to be able to cut down on takeaways and consciously save money on your food bill.
It depends on the type of work you are doing and how many hours you need to put into your work but you may be able to make further savings by –
Going to the supermarket at times when food is marked down to save money on bread, meat, fruit and vegetables. Often the mark downs are done when most people are at work.
Comparing prices at different shops
Checking what is on special each week
Making your own soups, casseroles and salads instead of buying them ready made
Baking items for your children's lunch boxes
Making biscuits or cakes
Planning ahead so you can make use of leftovers
Using cheaper cuts of meat which need to be cooked for longer in stews
Cooking a roast mid week and using leftover meat for sandwiches
Packing lunches instead of giving the children lunch money
It is likely you will save a considerable amount of money on food if you are working at home.