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Food is something that we all need each and every day, which means that it is one of the expenses that we have to pay out. However, one of the best things about food is that there are ways that you can try to save money whilst still enjoying delicious treats.  This post is about budget lunch ideas to help you stay healthy but also how to keep your budget on track.


Lunch is one of the easiest ways to cut costs, there are plenty of us who opt for quick and easy food that we can buy during our working day, however, the costs of this can soon mount up. So, with this in mind, we have put together some of the very best budget lunch ideas, ideal for you to try out yourself.


Avocado Chicken Salad


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There are plenty of things to love about this salad. Not only is it easy to make, but it only takes four ingredients to create something truly delicious and not to mention healthy. Even better than this, if you do choose to make this salad, then you don’t have to have it just as a salad, you can also make it into a sandwich or even a wrap if you prefer.


Taco Salad in a Jar

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Who doesn’t love a taco? You would be hard pressed to find anyone. However, the trouble with tacos is that they are not exactly something that you can take to work with you. This is why we love this particular taco salad in a jar recipe. Not only is it a delicious lunch idea, but it is also easy to carry around with you too, which makes it the ideal choice.


Meatball Sub

budget lunch ideas

Say you are having meatballs for tea? Why not make sure that you cook up a few extra meatballs and sauce with your dinner and then use them the next day to create your very own meatball sub? Not only is it going to taste fresher than a take out alternative, but it is also going to save you money too!


Pasta Salad

budget lunch ideas

Not only is salad not the most exciting of things to eat when it comes to lunch time, but salad can also be less than filling. This is why we recommend adding something extra to your salad, in the form of pasta. Pasta is not only cheap, but it is tasty and filling too, and it goes perfectly with the usual salad fare to create an easy to make and cheap lunch idea.



budget lunch ideas

One of the best things about Quesadillas is that they are not only easy to make, but they can be packed full with whatever things that you have around the kitchen. Wraps, leftover chicken, veggies, ham and cheese is all you need to make these delicious bites, and you can mix and match what you put in it as you wish.


Crackers and Cheese

budget lunch ideas

There is a good chance that you are going to have cheese in your fridge at all times, not only this, but we are all guilty of having one or two chutneys around too. Why not pick up a pack or two of crackers next time you are shopping and you can create yourself your very own “grown up lunchable”? We love this idea, not only because it sounds fun, but also because who doesn’t love cheese and crackers?



budget lunch ideas

Now, the trouble with soup is that it isn’t exactly the thing you want to turn to when the weather is hot. But it is a rather budget friendly approach to feeding yourself at lunchtime. Sure, you are going to need to invest in a soup maker, but the money you save will soon make up for this. Best of all, soup is versatile and with so many recipes out there, you can soon find a flavour combo that works for your taste-buds.



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Think that soup could do with an upgrade? Well that is just what ramen is. This noodle broth like dish is popular the world over and you might not realise it, but it is also incredibly easy to make yourself too. Ideal if you want to prepare your lunch in advance and are looking for something tasty and healthy as well as cheap.



As you can see, lunch need not be expensive, why not try some of these budget lunch ideas out for yourself and see if you can create tasty lunch ideas that are never going to break the bank?




Comments (2)

  • AbbeyLouisaRose

    May 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I am always in need of new lunch ideas! Buying meal deals or lunch in a cafe definitely is not budget friendly, I save so much when I invest the time and effort in putting together a packed lunch for myself! I may be an exception by saying this but I actually love having soup for lunch at any time of year, I just wish my shared workspace had a microwave so that I could enjoy a bowl even when I’m not working from home! Crackers and cheese are always a winner, a “grown up lunchable” is a great way to describe it! I loved the Dairylea Lunchables as a kid!

    Abbey xx

    1. admin

      May 29, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Yes I can get fed up with the usual stuff for lunch!

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