Despite all the cooking I did over the weekend, I forgot to pack my lunch for work yesterday. I was a bit annoyed, but thought, oh well, I sometimes buy lunch, might as well be today.
The town I work in only has three places for lunch. A deli/market, a pizza place and a small specialty food store that sells only sandwiches (no chips, fruit, drinks,etc).
The pizza place was closed and I was not in a sandwich mood. I ended up getting one small chicken thigh, a nob of bread and a small spoonful of potatoes. It fit into a 5x5 container with room to spare. That plus a soda cost me $7.20. EXCUSE ME? I figured around $5, but over $7-wow. I should say that this market is the same one that charges $8 for a jar of mayo that you can get for $3 at the grocery store.
Wow, it's getting harder and harder to support my local market when 1) the food is that expensive and 2) It's not that great. In comparison, I will sometimes get a very large chicken wrap with fries and extra pickles from the pizza place. It costs me $8.50 and I have enough of the wrap to have as dinner that night or for lunch the next day. I don't mind paying the $8.50 as I get almost two meals out of the one purchase. I probably could have gotten a sandwich, but I was not in a sandwich mood yesterday.
I stopped at the grocery store and picked up about $14 worth of groceries that will more than stretch out what's in my cupboards and carry me through the middle of next week. I made sure I posted a note on my door that said BRING YOUR LUNCH FOOL so I would not forget.
Moral of the story-don't forget your packed lunch and remember to stock up on some emergency food things to keep at the office.