Smart Hot Lunch Battle – Publix VS Bi-Lo

I’ve posted recently about tasty lunches for less, and also about smart hot lunch choices (fast food is hot, but not smart). Today I did a comparison shop with my favorite Bi-Lo, and stopped in to see what Publix had cookin’.

Publix had a larger selection than Bi-Lo, and the menus are more complex. I didn’t intend to get into menus, but on the subject the Bi-Lo menus were easier to read, in part due to fewer choices. Also, the Bi-Lo menu seemed to focus on selling a meal. Continue reading “Smart Hot Lunch Battle – Publix VS Bi-Lo”

Bag It With Noodles – Quick, Tasty, Cheap Lunch

So what does a web designer do when its lunch time? Go to Google and search for cheap tasty lunches, right? Well, no, but searching your house the day before is a good start. A lot of my day is spent going from task-to-task, so I prefer an easy-to-make meal many times so I can make my lunch simple and quick. Brown bagging it is a great way to do that, and it usually is a money-saver as well.

For today’s lunch I packed a sandwich, grabbed some Maruchan Yakisoba Roasted Chicken noodles, and packed them away in a bag. That just left a drink to add, which could be a bottle of water or, in my case, diet coke. Today’s lunch was probably under $4, and that’s pretty good.  The added benefits of a healthy, fresh and tasty meal only add to the cost and time savings!

Maybe you wanted something more out-of-the-ordinary, or you were looking for a recipe. Try these Crunchy Spicy Hummus Wraps from HuffingtonPost Food. Want more lunch-time reading? Try The Brown Bag Brigade: Your One-Stop Shop for Work Lunch Ideas for good brown bagging tips and idea sources!


Tasty, Inexpensive Lunch for under $3

I had an interesting lunch today, trying to save time I just grabbed some stuff I had laying around. I had some Lipton Diet Green Tea in a water bottle, Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki flavored noodles, Ritz Crackers and condiments for the crackers to try out some interesting combinations. The crackers combinations weren’t “repeat-worthy”, but were ok.

So, the meal was $1 for the Yakisoba, about $0.49 for the Ritz Crackers, and maybe $0.45 for the diet green tea. Total is about $1.94 plus cost of the various condiments I used which probably brings the grand total to maybe $2.10 at the most.

Time spent? Most of the time was trying different combinations on the crackers as I ate, so I’d say 5 minutes preparation (since the tea was prepared the day before) plus eating time.

When is More Less? Smart Hot Lunch Choices

More can be less if you pay more than you could, but less than you might have. Often you may just just run by a nearby fast food place and grab a quick meal, probably in the $6 – $8.00 price range  (local SC prices, anyway). Other days, you might be able to find a ‘value menu’ lunch in  the $3-$5.00 range, at those same places. Today I was leaning toward less expensive fast food  meals.

Here’s another idea though, Bi-Lo (and other grocery stores) sell hot lunch entrees like fried chicken, meat loaf and chicken tenders. Plus you get a choice of side items & veggies like mashed potatoes, corn Continue reading “When is More Less? Smart Hot Lunch Choices”

Organic Lunch for Under $7.00

When I think about saving money, or lunch for that matter I don’t usually think of Whole Food Market, in Mount Pleasant, SC.  I remembered their tasty pizza, an since they’re close I went over for lunch today. I’ve only been to Whole Foods Market about 4 or 5 times in the past 2 years or so since a friend told me about them.

On to the business of this post …

Pizza special – 2 (huge) slices for $5.00
Drink fo $0.99
TOTAL: $6.53 with tax

Mount Pleasant/Charleston, SC Weekly Specials (Jul 20-26)