# Do you eat your employer offer's discounted lunch rate verses eating out?

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
November 7, 2008 4:19pm CST
Have you taken the time to consider the amount of money that people spend eating lunch on a weekly, monthly and annually basis? Let's say do the math for a moment? Average lunch at fastfood restuarants cost about \$7 for a sandwich, fry or onion ring, and a beverage and add another \$1 if you get a dessert. Without desserts that is \$35 a week With desserts that is \$40 a week Without desserts that is \$140 (average 4 week month) With desserts that is \$160 monthly (average 4 week month) Without desserts that is \$1,820 annually (52 weeks) With desserts that is \$2,080 annually (52 weeks) My employer offers their employees discounted meals @ the whopping price of only \$3. ~ Let's keep in mind the average lunch consists of a protein sandwich (beef, chicken or fish) a order of fries, or chips (if you're eating at subway), and a beverage. We are given choices at lunch, we can either eat a hot lunch or a cold lunch. Hot lunch consists of cooked foods, like salmon, mac & cheese, vegetables, mash potatoes and gravy, baked chicked, fried chicken, or pot roast ~ plus we get a soup or salad, a two glasses of beverages (all non carbonated, like fruit punch, ice tea, raspberry tea, powerade). Cold lunches consist of a sandwich (either cold or grilled), choice of chips, a soup or salad and two glasses of beverages. Desserts range from cobblers to cakes, to pies, etc. Desserts are between \$1 and \$2 when they offer icecream as well. Now lets do the math again. Cooked hot fresh food, or a cold or grilled sandwich @ \$3 a day. Without desserts that is \$15 a week with desserts that is \$20 a week (on days icecream is not offered) With icecream offered desserts that is \$25 a week Without desserts that is \$60 (a 4 week month) With desserts that is \$80 (a 4 week month) With icecream offered desserts that is \$100 (a 4 week month) Without desserts that is \$780 annually (52 weeks) with desserts that is \$1,020 annually (52 weeks) With icecream offered desserts that is \$1300 annually (52 weeks) I pointed all of this out to show exactly how much my employer is saving us money on an annually basis verse eating out. Not to mention they are serving us good fresh meals to bat. I don't understand why some folks continue to eat out and then complain or try to borrow money to continue eating out? Have we allowed our habits to get that poorly that we cannot make a change for TWO extremely good reasons, #1 ~ Being our health? #2 ~ Being our household budgets? How is it at your employer, do they offer you discounts on eating out? Do you take advantage of what your employer offers you? Or do you disregard it and continue with poor to bad habits you've already developed? Also, my employer is NOT in the food industry at all.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
7 Nov 08
That is pretty good that your employer offers lunches at discounted prices. I am not working now, I was laid off four months ago, but when I worked at a major department store in the corporate office, they offered discounted lunches. I do not remember what the prices were now, but I know that they were reasonable. The also had breakfast, and the nights that the store was opened lated, they served dinner as well. If the employees were working overtime, you received a food voucher to have dinner for free. I think it is a good incentive when companies do this for their employees. Happy eating