Being Boring Saved Me $2,000
I don’t know when it started, but it’s become so normal to me that it no longer bothers me. I can’t remember when the first joke was made, but now it happens all the time and it barely registers.
The sandwich jokes.
When people at work see you eat the same thing, day in and day out, they get a little frazzled.
“Sandwich again, huh?”
“How’s that sandwich? Better than yesterday’s?”
The other day I was making my sandwich, when it hit me: I’ve probably had the same exact lunch for the past three years: ham and cheese sandwich.
There have been variations, but for the most part the sandwich has stayed the same. And you know what? I’m kind of proud of it.
On Sundays, when M and I go to the grocery store, I’ll buy bread, meat, and cheese. I take all of that to work on Monday and store it in the fridge. Then every day for lunch I make a sandwich for lunch.
But three years is a LONG time. So as I was making my sandwich I thought of how often you hear that tip of bringing your own lunch to work. They always throw out how much money you could’ve saved over a year if you had brought your own lunch.
Well forget could’ve, I said to myself. I want to see what these past three years have done for my wallet. Let’s do the math:
Total savings: $2,059.50.
What about the boredom? I know it sounds terrible—having the same exact lunch every day sounds like torture. But I like the taste and it’s become an easy routine for me to follow. It may not be worth it to some people, and even I’ve thought of changing it up every now and then.
But I guess I’m just too boring for that. And rich—I’m totally rich now.
* Photo by dvs
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