When my husband started his first real office job, it didn't take us long to realize we needed a new budget category -- the office lunch. He was leaving work daily on his break, spending an hour away with coworkers over lunch. It wouldn't have been as big of a hit if it were once a week or even fast food. But these were daily, sit-down meals.
I understood the need to socialize with his coworkers and sit down over a good, hot meal. Our budget, however, wasn't nearly as understanding. We tried packing lunches, but who wants a sandwich in the break room when your coworkers are at a steakhouse? We tried cutting it down to weekly coworker meals, but the interaction was a big part of developing strong, working relationships.
That's when I came up with the idea of the lunch club.
Instead of packing a simple lunch and dining alone in the break room, he invited several coworkers to join him in preparing hot meals -- kind of a co-op for office lunch. They took turns providing meals toRead More »from Save Big! 8 Tips for Starting an Office Lunch Club