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It's actually ridiculous how much money one saves bringing lunch to work.
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It's actually ridiculous how much money one saves bringing lunch to work.

Fear not, this is not an article about how to start saving money and budgeting in 2014. Those articles are important, but I can't write one right now. I have been, however, reading lots of articles about money management, and discussing it more often and candidly with my friends and loved ones. 

Boring story short: I'm budgeting and saving money in a short-term savings account as well as a retirement account. Part of that means bringing my lunches to work, because it's actually ridiculous how much money it's going to save me each week. And I need ideas! I make this one amazing roasted garlic lentil soup (MAKE. IT.) and have been bringing that in a mason jar, but I can't eat it forever.

A snack chilling on my desk - a step in the right direction!

A snack chilling on my desk - a step in the right direction!

I want to know what you cook in big batches to save money. And how do you not get sick of eating it by week's end? Should I get a thermos?