Balance your budget — with lunch

You may be shocked at just how much you’re spending on a mid-day meal. How to cut spending without going hungry.

Editor's note (18 September, 2015): From our archives — one of our most popular fixes ever — because saving money without depriving yourself is timeless.

Setting and sticking to a budget is a good way to see where your money goes, but tracking every little thing can be daunting.

That’s one reason many people give up on their budgets. It’s easier to stick to a plan if you start small, say, with lunch. You might be surprised at just how much people spend on this mid-day meal.

Making a few key changes can save you big money and you won’t go hungry, either.

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