52 weeks of saving: Take your breakfast, lunch and coffee to work

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Food can be a major expense. For some, food and drink may be the source of all money problems in the monthly budget.

Is it possible to ratchet down monthly food costs by preparing foods at home and carting them to work for daytime nibbles? The answer is a solid maybe.

How much you can save depends on how much you currently spend on edible splurges. Buying prepared food and drinks is usually a luxury, not a necessity.

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