Right here is a potential $300/mo savings give or take, depending on how organized I get with cooking to the point I never go out to eat for lunch when I am at work anymore. My new job is located a lot further away from any neighborhoods conducive to eating out for lunch like the place I work now.
I am hoping the new income, while simultaneously continuing to cut costs (without giving up too many things I enjoy) will help me get out of debt, and at LEAST get my monthly budget in tune.
Don't tell my coworkers, but I have a 2x2 filing cabinet system in my cubicle (four drawers total). As you probably know, filing cabinet drawers are pretty deep. I don't have that many files. I keep all my files at the front of my cube so that if you were to open it a foot or so, you would never know what's in the back. If SHTF while I was at work and for some reason I could not leave, I have enough food to feed myself for approx. 2 weeks. That's a little over a month's worth just feeding myself for lunch. It's not all cheap junk food either. Yes, I do have plenty of Ramen back there, but I also have instant rice, instant potatoes, homemade jerky, big bags of peanuts, pistachios, and cashews, tuna, homemade jam and some other good stuff. I also have things like bags of flour, sugar, salt, and a seasoning 'missle' for making things tastier.
Here's a link to the spice thing. http://www.amazon.com/GSI-Outdoors-Spice-Missile/dp/B005045C7C/ref=pd_sim_sg_1
Everything I have here except for the standard bread, lunch meat, and cheese with mayo and mustard meets the following requirements:
1. good shelf life
2. low profile
3. tastes good
4. doesn't HAVE to be cooked (technically the ramen, rice and potatoes are edible just by adding water and waiting).
I also keep a fully stocked GHB on the floor under my desk. It looks like a typical laptop bag. In my truck (which I keep at least 2/3 of a tank of gas in), I keep a fully stocked Action Packer (Large size to account for the snow gear) full of food, supplies, lights, camp stove, snow gear (2xboots, 2xcoveralls, 4xsocks, 4xhats, 4xgloves). The boots actually stay outside of the action packer. Rolled up in a tarp next to the Action Packer are two sleeping bags, two wool blankets, and two more winter jackets each with a pair of socks and a pair of gloves in the pockets. These would be used as pillows.
Sorry... I just went off on a major tangent...
Anyway, the whole point of this post is to say that you can save a lot of money on lunches at work by keeping a good stock of food at work. I use my stock to supplement what I cook and bring from home. That way if I forget to pack a lunch or wake up late I don't have to choose between skipping lunch or going out.