Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Potluck lunch at work on the cheap

I've been working at my office for a little over three years. The first time we had a potluck luncheon I went to Walmart with out a plan. I NEEDED to get something to bring to work the next day. I walked out with three artisan loaves of bread and two packages of spinach dip at a cost of 30 to 40 dollars. 

Most people would say this isn't a large expense...but 30 dollars fills up half my tank, which is a weeks worth of gas. 40 bucks is a big haul at the grocery store - now a days. 40 bucks is my internet bill. 40 bucks can pay for a lot of things for your household, but it wont if you readily hand it over to a store.

Did I mention I dont own a knife set? Imagine cutting up three loaves of bread with a butter knife. That was my life that night, buyers remorse, financial insecurity, and no knife properly serrated to cut this expensive bread I just bought. 

We still have a potluck at work. However, my process for deciding what to bring has changed. Instead of thinking quick and easy, I turn my eyes to my cabinets and say what can I make with what I already have? 

This year I'm bringing rice crispy treats, with strawberry marshmallows, dipped in lime green melting chocolate, and dosed with sprinkles. I know...they're a little juvenile, but they're fun and I didn't spend a dime on impulse shopping at the last minute this year. I think they look like Christmas trees!! ;)

Price Break Down....
.75 - Box of Rice Crispies - couponed
~.75 Marshmallows - bought on clearance
~.50 1/4 stick butter - bought on sale
~1.25 Chocolate melts - bought on clearance
~1 Sprinkles - bought on clearance

Total = 4.25

Compared to three years ago I have a cost savings of almost 90% for my contribution to this event! 


  1. Hey, I just found you on Blissful and Domestic. I always love to see new bloggers! Irony of ironies, I live in Fort Myers too :). Also, I wrote about goals today and it made me so happy to see that's how you started your blog! Best of luck with your goals and hopefully I'll run into you in the blogging world again!

    1. Thanks Carrie! I'll take a look at your blog soon! We can be blog buddies!

      And yes, goals are so important. If you dont know what they are how will you ever work toward them? I love Danielle at Blissful and Domestic, I've been following her blog for a little over a year and she and her family really inspire me to do more for myself and my own family.

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