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Try This to Save $1,235 This Year!

Written on November 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm , by

You can control the quality of ingredients when you brown bag! (Photo by Andy Lyons)

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well consumer savings expert Jeanette Pavini says this is reality with one simple trick: Packing your lunch.

Pavini, a Coupons.com pro, did the leg work by shopping at her local stores and using available discounts (don’t worry, she didn’t spend hours scouring the circulars like the extreme couponers…meaning you can do it to!). She compared the prices for homemade to the average deli price for three popular sandwiches, and found that you can save $23.75 per week—or $1,235 over the course of a year—by doing just a little shopping and taking five minutes each day to prep your lunch.

Here’s the scoop:

Turkey and cheese on wheat with lettuce, tomato and mustard

  • Average deli price: $7.13
  • Homemade price: $2.68
  • Homemade price with sales and coupons: $1.93

Tuna and cheese on mulitgrain

  • Average deli price: $7.63
  • Homemade price: $2.60
  • Homemade price with sales and coupons: $1.66

Veggie sandwich on multigrain (lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, red onion and cucumber)

  • Average deli price: $6.72
  • Homemade price: $2.00
  • Homemade price with sales and coupons: $1.30

Pavini says that you can save big by watching for coupons and being open to trying different brands and products on special at your local store. More good news: You can rest assured knowing that there won’t be any unwanted “secret sauce” on meals you make yourself!

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Now tell us: What is your favorite brown bag lunch? And how often do you pack or eat out for your midday meal?