By a rough patch, I mean I moved. I just can't seem to get back in my rhythm of paycheck-expenses-save-paycheck-expenses-save.
Lately it seems like it has been just expenses-expenses-expenses.
Anyhow, I'm not one to sit back idly and complain. I'm a problem solver. My problem is... I have no money, but I love my job, so I can't change jobs, and the job I work requires me to work crazy hours, so I can't get a second job.
Well, this isn't really about money.
The lack of money was just the reasoning behind my "You're-broke-now-what-are-you-going-to-eat" Challenge. The answer to this challenge for me was as easy as not eating out. Sounds easy...
This challenge includes no prepackaged meals, no a-la-carte whole foods dinners, no coffee on the way to work. Everything has to be made by me. So, it actually is a challenge, but two weeks in, and I'm feeling better (do you realize how much junk is in ready made food), more financial fit, and thinner.
As my mom always says (albeit jokingly), "you can never be too rich or too thin!"
This got me thinking. Why haven't I done this before? Why has making my lunch for work every day been such a hassle? In the past couple of weeks I've realized just how little time it actually takes to pack a lunch. I don't even eat sandwiches and it doesn't take that long.
Now that I'm on an economical food kick, the biggest purchases I'm craving are beautiful receptacles to make my meals on the go just that more enjoyable.
Have I mentioned its absolutely stunning visually?
This lunchbox is from the MoMA store. It's weird to think an art museum store sells lunch boxes, but MoMa sells great design, no matter what it is. This is the perfect lunch box. Not only does it cater to someone that prefers a lunch that does not consist of a sandwich, potato chips and a juice box... but each component is removable. The diagonal part is removable (!) so you can heat up one part and leave one part cold. There's also a little part for sauces. I can't count on my fingers how often I've gotten salad dressing all over my entire lunch.
This is just a life saving lunch box.
Now I know not everyone is going to start cooking all their own meals, but it definitely deserves food for thought. It's cheap and healthier, and with transporting options like these, it might even be more enjoyable.