As I walk through the food court on my way to work, I’m amazed at the number of people I see buying breakfast. The line up at McDonald’s is always long, and takes forever to get through. I can understand going out for an occasional treat, but every day? As far as I can tell, it doesn’t seem to save you time to buy breakfast, and it definitely doesn’t save you money. Depending on what you get, you can spend at least 3 to 5 dollars a day on breakfast. That can add up to 25 bucks a week, and that’s 100 a month! That’s 1200 bucks a year, which can get you a nice week somewhere warm on a beach!
Mr. Canuck Buck used to buy a tea biscuit every day. I was always on him to change his ways because the biscuit had no protein and just ended up leaving him hungry. I started making breakfast sandwiches for both of us and he got hooked.
Here are some great breakfast you can either prepare at work, or make ahead at home and bring in.
1) Bagel or toast with peanut butter or cream cheese. Total cost should be less than 5 bucks a week.
2) Instant oatmeal. Just bring a box in and you’re set! Total cost – 3 to 4 dollars a week. I’ve also cooked up “Scottish” oatmeal, divided it up into portions, and then reheated it at work.
3. Hard boiled eggs. Just boil them all up on Sunday night and you’re good for the week. Should be no more than 2-3 dollars a week.
4. Cereal with milk. Just leave a box at work, and some milk in the fridge. If you’re really cheap, you can use the milk work supplies for coffee, but I suggest you bring your own. I’ve often done cereal and milk at work, and just bring in fresh fruit every day to put on top of it.
5. Make ahead breakfast sandwiches. Take some bread, or those “thin” bagels, lunch meat, and cheese, and make up sandwiches for the week. Bag them and put them in the freezer. They’ll thaw on the way to work, and you just heat them when you get there!
What kind of breakfast do you have at work? Do you have any ideas I’ve missed here?