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Lunchtime Savings

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WSVN -- Karen Lew knew she would save money by bringing her lunch to work. She had no idea just how much. Karen Lew: "I've kind of estimated that I've saved $10 a day over five days, so $50 times four weeks is about $200."  No doubt running out for lunch gobbles up your money.Lisa Dorfman: "My lunches could cost up to $20 to $25 if I went out everyday."Lunches in South Florida can be pricey. If you spend just $15 a day, you can easily spend $3,600 a year and in 10 years $36,000 just for lunch.Karen Lew: "The way I started doing it was looking at my checking account each day online and going $8.02 for lunch,  $10.12 for lunch, and I thought to myself why don't you just make more at dinner."Now Karen brings in leftovers and enjoys a hot meal at lunch.   An added bonus, more leisure time at work.Karen Lew: "During my lunch hour it also give me the opportunity to get some personal items done or just relax and not have to worry about a parking spot, where I'm going to eat and what I'm going to do and how much I'm going to spend."Lisa says making your own lunch is easy. But does take a bit of extra planning.Lisa Dorfman: "What I like to do is bulk shop. You could go to the major supermarkets Target, Walmart and get organic foods these days and so I save I believe thousands of dollars."When you're shopping, buy foods that are easy to take to work.Also make lunch the night before so you don't run out of time in the morning.Lisa Dorfman: "I even bring my own foods when I'm on the road, because again you save a lot of money when you're in airports. I feel better not only saving money, but eating the foods I want to eat and eating healthy with purpose."If you'd like to learn more about how to save money at lunchtime just go to our website. And if you have story ideas for Money Monday, email us at      FOR MORE INFORMATION:Mint.com

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