Last year some 8.5 million Americans brought their lunch to work, a figure that's likely to grow as more of us look for ways to cut costs. But are a few bucks saved really worth all that effort — especially when a new season of Dancing with the Stars beckons? We priced a hearty, healthy DIY sandwich versus our favorite 6-inch-with-chips-and-soda deal from Subway. Here's how the lunch-meat face-off went down.
|INGREDIENT||INITIAL COST||COST PER SANDWICH|
|Arnold by Brownberry Dutch Country bread, 100% Whole Wheat
|$3.89/18 slices||$0.43 for two slices|
|Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise||$5.39/30-oz. jar||$0.08 (serving size: 1 tbsp.; 64 servings/jar)|
|Land O' Lakes Sliced Swiss Cheese||$5.29/8 slices||$1.32 for two slices|
|Sara Lee Fresh Ideas Turkey Breast, Honey Roasted Pre-Sliced||$5.99/24 slices||$1.00 for four slices|
|Organic beefsteak tomatoes||$1.79 each||$0.90 for three slices|
|Red Delicious apple||$0.69||$0.69|
|Six-pack Diet Coke (cans)||$3.49||$0.58 per can|
|Glad Fold Top Sandwich Bags||$1.99/180-count box||$0.01 per bag|
|$5.01 TOTAL COST|
6-inch whole-wheat turkey sub with Diet Coke and choice of Baked Lays or apple slices: $5.59 (prices may vary)
TOTAL SAVINGS: $0.58/day, or roughly $12/month. Barely enough to cover the cost of that Foreman Grill you'll need for next week's BLTs.