If you buttered your own bread instead of popping out to Pret, you could be saving an average of £1,288 a year. That was the message of ‘research’ released today that claimed the 62% of Brits who buy their lunch out at work spend an average of £1,840 a year.
But that works out at roughly £8 a day for 46 five-day weeks, according to the survey of 2,646 people by Vouchercloud, which seems pretty unlikely unless you always buy burgers and burritos. It also claimed people who make lunch at home spend £552 a year on it – or £2.40 a day. Are people putting caviar in their homemade sarnies?
Of course it doesn’t take Stephen Hawking to work out that making your own lunch saves money (although not necessarily time). But that didn’t stop energy regulator Ofgem from getting ‘personal finance expert’ Jasmine Birtles to dole out some January financial advice that, aside from the within-remit switching energy providers, included making your own midday meal and cutting back on morning coffees.
Birtles’ estimate that your run-of-the-mill office worker spends an average of £2.83 a day on lunch was at least more within the realms of reality. But MT still isn’t sure why Ofgem or Vouchercloud, which surely would rather you download its restaurant vouchers than bring in soup in a flask, is telling us how much we spend on food. Surely we can work that one out for ourselves.