The quickest way to save money is to start packing your lunch for school or work, damnit. But that requires motivation, like a good-looking lunch box that will inspire you to think ahead.
We’ve all been there: Sunday rolls around. You’ve just been to brunch, walked around the city, or spent the day in bed just doing Sunday the way that it was meant to be done (horizontally). Without even noticing it, it’s 9pm and you still haven’t prepared your meals for the coming week. You shrug it off, climb back into bed, and spend the week buying $12 sandwiches and greasy Chinese food for lunch.
So if you’re looking for a reason to pack your lunch (other than the obvious weekly saving of around $70-80), invest in a cool lunch box that will make you proud to carry around your homemade sandwich. For $30 or less, you can have a design focused, adult lunch box that will end up saving you hundreds of dollars a year. Oh, and you’re saving the environment by decreasing your amount of waste, NBD.
1. Takenaka Bento Box
Will you choose pastel pink or Tiffany’s blue? Takenaka’s Bento Boxes are the epitome of lunchtime style and are good enough to #Instagram (if we want to talk about what’s really important here). They come in a variety of Pantone colors, sizes and shapes, and the bento box design helps keep your day’s food separated and fresh.
2. Lifefactory Glass Food Storage Cups
Eating out of glass at lunch time seems like a luxury after all that styrofoam swaddled street food, doesn’t it? Lifefactory has super cool glassware encased in vibrant rubber protective outerwear, so you can have a drinking bottle to match your food bowls.
3. BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor
If you’re into Mason jars then this BNTO adaptor is going to give you all the warm fuzzies. The plastic container can be inserted into your Mason jar so whatever you pack--maybe oats and fruit, or a salad--can be separated from wet stuff like yogurt or dressing until you’re ready to eat. The containers are also made from 100% recycled material, and are both reusable and recyclable. Save the planet as you save your salad!
4. Oh Little Rabbit Lunch Box Lunch Bag
For a hint of nostalgia for the days your mom used to back your lunch in a paper bag, get yourself a reusable lunch bag. Printed with cute designs, Oh Little Rabbit has a range that will make you feel like a kid again.
5. Box Appetit Lunch Pot
If “compact” and “sleek” are words that appeal to you, this cup shaped, multi-layer lunch box from Box Appetit is your new go to for packing lunches. And when it’s empty, it gets even more “compact” and “sleek”: the smaller bowl fits right inside the bigger bowl, so you’ll literally go home feeling lighter at the end of the day.
6. Two Layer Sandwich Box
Retro with a minimalist twist, these two layer sandwich boxes have a removable shelf inside. So you can pop your bread and dry stuff in one layer, and messy, wet things like cut tomato in the other layer, so you won’t have to settle for a soggy sandwich. The “shelf” also doubles as a plate or cutting board, so you’d even be set for a weekend picnic.