5 effortless B.Y.O lunches to save you money in 2019

Evie Weily

14 Jan 2019

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Is buying lunch every day breaking your bank account? Even if you’re spending just $10 a day on lunch, that could add up to well over $2000 a year. By bringing your lunch to work you could be saving yourself some serious coin, and the New Year is the perfect time to set your finances straight.

Feeling uninspired for work lunch ideas? Here’s five simple lunches you can get creative with and help you save thousands:  

1. Falafel Pita Sandwich

Prep time - 15 minutes

Originating from the Middle East, the humble chickpea falafel can be found in food trucks, halal carts, often accompanied by tabouli. The Spruce Eats builds the pita bread with stuffed with falafel, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and a tahini sauce, making it an on-the-go lunch you can easily whip up before you head out the door.

2. Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep time - 30 minutes

Pasta lovers unite! You can’t go past this lunch idea from Good Dinner Mom, which is an earthy take on a simple pasta dish. With just six easy ingredients you can make it in no time - just cook the pasta, throw the other ingredients into a food processor and voila!

3. Sushi Rolls

Prep time - 50 minutes

Need a substantial lunch idea? Why not try your hand at making your Japanese favourites from Jamie Oliver? You can switch up the fillings from loads of variations such as chicken and avocado or salmon and cucumber, depending on your tastebuds. Assembling the rolls can be time consuming, so prep them the night before and sleep a bit longer in the morning!

4. Chicken Burrito Bowl

Prep time - 30 minutes

For a healthier alternative to a regular burrito, why not give a burrito bowl by The Recipe Critic a go? A great meal prep option, you can pick whatever veggies and protein your heart desires.

5. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Prep time - 25 minutes

This spicy peanut salad from Pinch of Yum is a great work lunch option as you can toss in any vegetables that you have left over in the fridge, as well as add in meat such as chicken or beef to it for a non-vego option!

Looking for a better return on the lunch savings you're storing away? Compare our list of high interest savings accounts to find an account to help grow your savings in 2019, as well as a range of other savings tips and articles.

Savings Accounts 2019

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  • Promoted

    MyState Bank

    MyState Bank

    Bonus Saver Account

    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    0.05% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    *Bonus rate when at least $20 is deposited each month and five Visa Debit transactions are made each month using linked Everyday or Glide transaction accounts.

  • Promoted

    Virgin Money

    Virgin Money

    Boost Saver with Go Account

    1.50% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    *Intro bonus rate of 1.50% for first 3 months, reverting to 1.20% after. Bonus interest only applies when you deposit $2,000 into your Go Account and make 5 debit card purchases, direct debit or BPAY payments in the previous month. If you are between 18 and 25 you need to deposit $1,000 and fulfil the other criteria.

  • Promoted

    Citi

    Citi

    Online Saver

    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $500,000)

    0.35% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    *Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

  • Promoted

    Virgin Money

    Virgin Money

    Grow Saver

    0.65% p.a. (for $0 and over)

    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    *Make at least 1 deposit and no more than 1 withdrawal, including internal transfers or external payments.

  • Promoted

    ING

    ING

    Savings Maximiser

    1.35% p.a. (for $0 to $100,000)

    0.05% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    *For customers who have an Orange Everyday and in each month deposit at least $1,000 into a personal ING account, make at least 5 settled card purchases using the linked ING debit card and grow the account balance higher at the end of the month (excluding interest) than it was at the end of the previous month.

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