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8 Easy Frugal Lunch Ideas You Gotta Try

Last updated 10/21/2019 by

Brenda Harjala
What’s worse than breaking your budget with build-your-own salad bars or fast food drive-thrus? Or not having lunch at all? Knowing that you could’ve packed your own lunch with a little time, and not very much money.
We’ve picked eight delicious and frugal lunch ideas we found on Pinterest. Need it cheap? Need it fast? We’ve got you covered.

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1. Wrap it Up: Chorizo and Fried Egg Wrap

This flavor-packed wrap is great for a lunch or a light supper: Chorizo and Fried Egg Wrap.

2. Gluten-Free Grab n Go: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad in a Jar

What’s better than a healthy, vegan, gluten-free salad? A healthy, vegan, gluten-free salad in a jar! You can make it a few days in advance for a truly grab and go lunch.

3. Frugal Lunch For Kids: Bento Box on a Budget

Get creative with your kids’ lunches with a bento-style lunch. Fill with yogurt, chopped fruit, granola and crackers for a kid-friendly take on a bento box.

4. Skip the Food Cart: Chili Rubbed Skirt Steak Tacos

These street-style tacos look delicious, don’t they? Make a skirt steak for dinner and put together these spicy tacos for lunch tomorrow.

5. 80 Cents Per Serving: Tuna and Avocado Sandwich

Who wants to be the guy who’s eating a tuna sandwich at the office? At only 80 cents, with a meaty tuna salad and sliced avocado, I do!

6. Feeling Fancy: Shrimp Feta Cobb Salsa

Take the salad in a jar to a new, fancy level with shrimp and feta cheese in this recipe.

7. For Those Chilly Days: 5 Ingredient Potato Soup

For those chilly, windy days when you’d rather just stay inside with a hot bowl of soup. Vegetarian, and yummy as leftovers, try this super-simple potato soup tomorrow.

8. Fresh and Light: Banh Mi Bites

As fresh as a salad and as light as the bread it sits on, skip the Vietnamese restaurant and make these Banh Mi bites yourself.
Lunch doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or a budget-busting affair. Instead of swiping your plastic for fast food, or not eating at all, try a few of these frugal lunch ideas today.

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Brenda Harjala

Brenda Harjala is a personal finance writer at SuperMoney. She specializes in personal finance topics such as budgeting and money management. Brenda has a B.A. in Scientific and Technical Communication from Michigan Technical University.

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