I am not your typical “frugal” blogger. My retirement/saving plan has never been extreme frugality, or sacrificing everything you enjoy for a few years to ensure early retirement. My philosophy has always been – life is short – enjoy as much as you can afford to – but make sure you always pay yourself first to ensure you don’t HAVE to work forever.
This brings me to today’s post. Although I still spend way too much at restaurants, bars, and on entertainment – one area I have actually done a good job cutting back my spending over the past year is by bringing lunches to work 4 days a week. For about 8 years straight, I would go out for lunch every single day. Aside from the cost savings – I have found that there are actually some pretty enjoyable frozen lunches that are easy to make/cheap. I figured I’d use today’s post to showcase a few of my favourite frozen/ready made lunches and see if anyone else has any suggestions. I will not be including sandwiches – because most mornings I am too lazy/rushed to make them and I wanted to keep it fair across the board. So without further Ado….
My top 4 Value Frozen lunches.
1- Stouffers Bistro Crustini Meatball Mozzerela
So far my personal favourite. This one can be found on sale at Walmart or Superstore for $1.88. It includes two crustini’s and is fairly filling. What makes it great is the sauce & the crust. I’ve also tried the Turkey Bacon Club – and although still pretty good – does not compare to this one.
2 – Swanson’s Fried Chicken
I’ll be the first to admit, I always though these TV dinners would be gross – but I never actually tried them. I decided to give these a shot about a month ago because they were on clearance. I was able to find them for $2.00 each so I tried a few different varieties. So far I have tried the Turkey Dinner, Fried Chicken & Stuffed Turkey. While all of them were actually surprisingly good – the Fried Chicken one was the best. This chicken is somehow tastier than KFC/Chicken Delight. These meals are also nice, because unlike a pizza pop or something – you get a bit of vegetables (usually corn or beans). When on sale – you can’t go wrong for $2-3 each. Another great thing about these compared to pizza pockets, crustinis, etc is they are more filling. The brownie/apple or cranberry treats are never really great – but the rest of the meal makes up for it.
3- El Monterey Chimichanga
These things are GOOD! Even better if you have some sour cream/Salsa or hot sauce around. I don’t get these as much as the others for the simple fact I don’t have my Costco membership anymore and that seemed to be where I could always find them. I plan on renewing my membership soon, so I’ll probably be chowing down on some of these bad boys again in the coming months.
4- No Name Pizza Pockets
If you like Pizza Pops but have never tried these – you are missing out. The pepperoni one is my favourite, and these no name brand pockets are better than any other pizza pocket/pop I’ve tried. You can get 8 of them for 4 bucks – which for me works out to $2.00 per meal. I find the dough and sauce to be better than a Pilsbury Pizza Pocket. The only downside with these (for me) is that they sometimes wont fill me up. These pair great with some potato chips or jalapeno cheezies!
I am always looking for new quick and easy lunches to try, and if they are on sale or cheap even better. If you have any suggestions on others to try – let me know!