I work from home. When it comes time for lunch each day, I have the advantage of my full kitchen. But, you know what? So do you. You can have anything that is in your kitchen for lunch when you go to work. You just have to take it with you.

Here are seven great reasons to take your lunch to work:

  • You have control over what you eat. Who knows what the cafeteria puts in their food or the number of calories in the sandwich you ordered from a local deli? When you bring your lunch from home, you can have healthy meals every day.
  • You’ll save money. It’s much less expensive to bring your lunch from home than it is to eat out every day.
  • You’ll waste less food. You usually don’t want to eat last night’s dinner for dinner again. But it’s not so bad when it’s lunch. By bringing your leftovers to work for lunch, your leftovers won’t go to waste.
  • There are lots of really hip containers available to take your lunch in. You don’t need to waste money on brown bags and Ziploc baggies that you’ll toss after just one use. Making a one-time purchase of something like a Laptop Lunch container will save you money in the long run and save a lot of trash from ending up in a landfill.
  • You’ll have time on your lunch break for more than just lunch. Instead of heading out to the restaurant or deli, you can read a book, write in a journal or call your mom.
  • No one will snicker at you behind your back for bringing your lunch right now. The economy stinks. People will understand.
  • You may just be a trendsetter in your office. People may be waiting for someone to take the lead and be the first to buck the trend of ordering out every day. They may even applaud you.
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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

7 reasons to take your lunch to work
Could taking your lunch to work earn you applause?